Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Boise State and the Fiesta Bowl

If you missed the Fiesta Bowl last night, then you oughta be sorry. It was easily one of the greatest games that I have ever seen. 9th ranked Boise State played 7th ranked Oklahoma. Regardless of how close they were in the rankings, Oklahoma was favored by 8.5. Unbelieveable. Teams from the non-BCS conferences don't ever get the respect that they deserve.

Boise State played an amazing game. They had a 28-10 lead for much of the second half. With under two minutes to play, Oklahoma scored a touchdown and had to go for a two-point conversion to tie the game. After two tries and two penalties, Oklahoma finally converted on their third try. This tied the game at 28. On the first play after the kickoff, Boise State threw an interception which was returned for a touchdown. It was a good thing that this ball was returned or Oklahoma could have ran down the clock and kicked a field goal.

Boise State got the ball back and was stuck at midfield on fourth down and 18 with under 30 seconds to play. Boise State threw a 16 yard pass (I was yelling that's not far enough) but the receiver lateraled the pass back to another receiver and he ran it in to the endzone. The infamous 'hook-and-ladder' play, perfectly executed. This teid the game and sent it to overtime.

On Oklahoma's first possession in overtime, Adrian Peterson had his best run of the night and scored on the first play. Boises State strggled a little bit but was on about the five yard line for fourth and two. They could have had first and goal inside the five but they sent their quarterback in motion and thier backup runningback threw a touchdown pass to the tight end. They could have just kicked the PAT to send the game to double overtime but instead they went for two. They ran a 'statue of liberty' play perfectly and then ran the ball into the end zone to win it. What an amazing game.

Here is a video of the end-of-the-game highlights from YoutTube (I don't like the song either - I think that it is Jay-Z though):

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