Boise State Wins The Fiesta Bowl Thanks To A Fake Punt Play

Don't Call It Trickeration. Boise State's Just A Damn Good Football Team.

1/5/10 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect


Before the game, Jimmy Johnson was waxing eloquent on TCU's need to stop the inevitable trick plays that Boise State would be throwing their way. In a way, he was completely right. This "trick play" was arguably the most pivotal play in the Fiesta Bowl, and it swung the pendulum in Boise State's favor. It revived a dead drive and helped lead them to the win. However, it's time to take a step back and look at Boise State in a more honest and realistic light.

They're not just a bag of tricks. This is a damn good football team.

Thanks to the BCS and their incredibly flawed system, the knock on Boise State will still be that this year's team didn't have any quality wins away from home against BCS conference opponents... the so-called "big boys".

Sure, they beat Oregon in the season opener, but that was in Boise on the Smurf Turf, where it seems like no one in the country can steal a win from the Broncos. Other than that, they have done everything right.

The Broncos finished 14-0, won their BCS Bowl, and won by an average score of 42-17 over the course of their entire season. Lest we forget, this was a season which, by the time it was complete, included two teams that finished the regular season in the top 10, and were the champions of their respective conferences.

But still, Boise State's Fiesta Bowl trophy is nothing more than a consolation prize... a small gold oblong reminder of the crystal beauty that could have been theirs, if the system allowed them to truly compete.

This Boise State team isn't just a walking carnival, with trick after trick up their sleeve. This isn't 2007, and we're talking about a team that can legitimately compete with anyone in the country. It's time to stop disrespecting Boise State and acting like they're just a novelty item, and understand that they simply are THAT good.

Do we know that Boise State could have beaten one of the bigger schools who are now preparing to vie for the BCS Championship? No. We have no idea. Would I bet money on Boise State to beat Alabama or Texas? Probably not. But one thing is guaranteed: I sure as hell wouldn't bet against them.


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2/11/10   |   coltdad   |   14 respect

Well...let's just say it wouldn't have looked good if the Mountain West went undefeated in ALL their bowl games.

2/9/10   |   Utesfan32   |   4 respect

No way. That is bogous. They stink. The reefs wanted them to win

1/6/10   |   BJ_Hwang   |   3 respect

BSU is turning out to be a good football team. People who thought the win over Oklahoma was a bunch of luck, this game proves it wasn't. Kellen Moore is a beast, tearing up TCU's defense. I wish they had an automatic bid.

1/6/10   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Boski93 wrote:
Chris Peterson should be referred to from this point on as Church Bells, because he is a coach who coaches like he has a set of church bells.

What a wacky brilliant b&^%$d! 

Since Leach is currently unemployed, that man is now my #1 favorite in the NCAA.

1/5/10   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

Chris Peterson should be referred to from this point on as Church Bells, because he is a coach who coaches like he has a set of church bells.

What a wacky brilliant b&^%$d! 

1/5/10   |   aprideout   |   2 respect

"Funny I heard almost exactly the same things before Alabama got handled by Utah, I have found that for 1 game a highly motivated and well coached team can do some amazing things."

Yes they can, of that there is no doubt. If Boise has a great day, they can do very well, I don't dispute that. But until they get into the big game, I am not convinced. They have some talent and amazing coaching for sure. But the Utah vs. Al. and BSU vs OU and the game last night are all in side bowls. I mean, yeah it's nice to win one and come back, but it's not for the Nat'l Champ. If they make it to that game and win, then people like me will have to re-evaluate.

1/5/10   |   aprideout   |   2 respect

"I hope the Associated Press pollsters install the #1 team in the country as their 2009 National Champions, and that team is Boise State.
The Fiesta Bowl once again showed why the BCS is a complete and nutter failure. None of the teams in the so called power conferences are ready, or willing to take on teams like Boise State, TCU, or Utah.
I hope the A.P. ranks Boise #1, and TCU #2, and leaves the BCS out of the Top 4 teams in the final poll.
Bravo to Boise State, TCU, and Utah for showing that great college football players, and programs, are not limited to a few elitist conferences, coaches, school Presidents, and A.D.'s"

complete and NUTTER failure - nice.  You realize of course that football schedules are complete 3 to 4 years into the future. Boise needs to make more attempts to schedule better teams if they want a shot to play in the current system. I agree that it is ridiculous to not have a playoff. How come Div. 2 and 3 can get it right but Div 1 is caught in the BCS. That said, Boise is good, but people get carried away with how good.

1/5/10   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
The amazing thing is that Boise State brings back 21 of their 22 starters.  They should start out next year #1, but of course won't.

Correct! I give that a big Giant Thumbs up

1/5/10   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

aprideout wrote:
Boise State had a good day and TCU and off one. Neither of the two teams last night could stand up to an Alabama or a Texas. Your getting carried away. Boise played a good game in 07 and last night, but they would get smoked if they ever make it to the national championship game.  They should not be ranked no. 1.
However, their success as well as TCU's and a few other deserving teams just makes the necessity for a playoff system plain to see.

Funny I heard almost exactly the same things before Alabama got handled by Utah, I have found that for 1 game a highly motivated and well coached team can do some amazing things.

1/5/10   |   aprideout   |   2 respect

Boise State had a good day and TCU and off one. Neither of the two teams last night could stand up to an Alabama or a Texas. Your getting carried away. Boise played a good game in 07 and last night, but they would get smoked if they ever make it to the national championship game.  They should not be ranked no. 1.
However, their success as well as TCU's and a few other deserving teams just makes the necessity for a playoff system plain to see.

1/5/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

ary201 wrote:
Bit of a trek from Michigan to Idaho!

true...but hell i would go watch!

1/5/10   |   kantwistaye   |   4214 respect

The amazing thing is that Boise State brings back 21 of their 22 starters.  They should start out next year #1, but of course won't.

1/5/10   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

I hope the Associated Press pollsters install the #1 team in the country as their 2009 National Champions, and that team is Boise State.
The Fiesta Bowl once again showed why the BCS is a complete and nutter failure. None of the teams in the so called power conferences are ready, or willing to take on teams like Boise State, TCU, or Utah.
I hope the A.P. ranks Boise #1, and TCU #2, and leaves the BCS out of the Top 4 teams in the final poll.
Bravo to Boise State, TCU, and Utah for showing that great college football players, and programs, are not limited to a few elitist conferences, coaches, school Presidents, and A.D.'s.

1/5/10   |   celticfc411   |   51 respect

celticfc411 wrote:
They've beaten two teams that were BCS-caliber teams this year...Oregon and TCU.  I think Ohio State was the other school to go 2-0 against teams that made it into the BCS this year, and BSU would most likely destroy Ohio St.  Time to take the chance, and if BSU goes undefeated next season, send them to the title game. If they embarrass themselves, oh well

Maybe...maybe not. I doubt it. BSU beat Oregon. Oregon demolished USC. USC was a step better than Ohio St. But Ohio St. beat Oregon. BSU has gotten little or no respect from anybody. They've got an "us against the world" mentality, and I think they'd take it out on Ohio St. And let's not forget, a lot of people, even on this website, were thinking that TCU had a better shot at the BCS title game. BSU has beaten everybody they were given, and they still don't get respect

1/5/10   |   tbone2269   |   5 respect

Congrats to Boise state great team played one hell of a game, Only ONE solution PLAYOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1/5/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

ary201 wrote:
I think a new BCS conference is a good idea, but it would be exponentially harder. You'd have to fight it out with each of the the non-BCS conferences that are currently reaping rewards from these good programs.

I agree but as we all know, the NCAA loves themselves some $$$.  I'm sure they could see to it that a new conference is born.

1/5/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

elevenbravo138again wrote:
But seriously would ND, in your opinion, be able to stay within 14 of BSU at a neutral site?

Yes, as a matter of fact I do.  The only common opponent we had was Nevada and we both played them at home.   We shut them out 35-0 and the Broncos mustered up a 44-33 win.  I simply used ND's winning percentage as a model for why I don't think Boise State is a national power.  Agree or disagree, but don't turn this into a Notre Dame thread. 

1/5/10   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

jswol54 wrote:
Yeah, and 95% percent of the time, their good play comes against non-BCS teams like the ones I mentioned.  They are 5-5, which is average, against BCS teams since 2004.  Even Notre Dame(31-28) has a better win% than BSU during that time.

But seriously would ND, in your opinion, be able to stay within 14 of BSU at a neutral site?

1/5/10   |   ary201   |   213 respect

jswol54 wrote:
That's a fantastic idea.  I also think forming a new conference for similar teams(great programs not in BCS conferences) could be a good idea.  For instance, take TCU, Boise St, BYU, Utah, and a few other good teams to make up the new conference. 

I think a new BCS conference is a good idea, but it would be exponentially harder. You'd have to fight it out with each of the the non-BCS conferences that are currently reaping rewards from these good programs.

1/5/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Diablorain wrote:
i will let their play be the judge of it...

Yeah, and 95% percent of the time, their good play comes against non-BCS teams like the ones I mentioned.  They are 5-5, which is average, against BCS teams since 2004.  Even Notre Dame(31-28) has a better win% than BSU during that time.

1/5/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

ary201 wrote:
It would be really great to seem them in the Pac 10, but there's no room. Maybe just make it the Pac 12 and add a team like Fresno St. or Nevada?

That's a fantastic idea.  I also think forming a new conference for similar teams(great programs not in BCS conferences) could be a good idea.  For instance, take TCU, Boise St, BYU, Utah, and a few other good teams to make up the new conference. 

1/5/10   |   ary201   |   213 respect

Diablorain wrote:
the Big 10 is looking for another team?this could work i think lol

Bit of a trek from Michigan to Idaho!

1/5/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

ary201 wrote:
It would be really great to seem them in the Pac 10, but there's no room. Maybe just make it the Pac 12 and add a team like Fresno St. or Nevada?

the Big 10 is looking for another team?this could work i think lol

1/5/10   |   ary201   |   213 respect

jswol54 wrote:
Boise State has had a great run, but they are 5-5 vs BCS conference teams since 2004.  Also, the NCAA will never put Boise St into a title game over any traditional power like Bama, Texas, Ohio St, or USC.  Like I said, they either need to figure out how to schedule more BCS teams or they need to explore joining a BCS conference.

As for your Ohio St comment.  Of course you'd say that, you're a skunk bear fan.  I'm surprised you haven't jumped ship on them yet like you did with the Lions.

It would be really great to seem them in the Pac 10, but there's no room. Maybe just make it the Pac 12 and add a team like Fresno St. or Nevada?

1/5/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

jswol54 wrote:
You've lost your marbles if you think Boise is as good as any of the teams you mentioned.  Look, Boise has a great program and they've achieved tons.  But until they prove it on a bigger stage for more than a game here and there, I'm not buying the hype. 

i will let their play be the judge of it...

1/5/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Diablorain wrote:
i agree that Boise needs a tougher schedule but  i see them being as good as Alabama,Florida,Texas and others....

i have never liked the Lions...i am a Cowboys fan and have been since i was 5....

You've lost your marbles if you think Boise is as good as any of the teams you mentioned.  Look, Boise has a great program and they've achieved tons.  But until they prove it on a bigger stage for more than a game here and there, I'm not buying the hype. 

1/5/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

jswol54 wrote:
Boise State has had a great run, but they are 5-5 vs BCS conference teams since 2004.  Also, the NCAA will never put Boise St into a title game over any traditional power like Bama, Texas, Ohio St, or USC.  Like I said, they either need to figure out how to schedule more BCS teams or they need to explore joining a BCS conference.

As for your Ohio St comment.  Of course you'd say that, you're a skunk bear fan.  I'm surprised you haven't jumped ship on them yet like you did with the Lions.

i agree that Boise needs a tougher schedule but  i see them being as good as Alabama,Florida,Texas and others....

i have never liked the Lions...i am a Cowboys fan and have been since i was 5....

1/5/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Diablorain wrote:
i give Boise Props...so when is the BCS gonna give it to them? they are a top notch team and deserve a shot one of these years if they keep playing like they have been the last 5-6 years

Boise State has had a great run, but they are 5-5 vs BCS conference teams since 2004.  Also, the NCAA will never put Boise St into a title game over any traditional power like Bama, Texas, Ohio St, or USC.  Like I said, they either need to figure out how to schedule more BCS teams or they need to explore joining a BCS conference.

As for your Ohio St comment.  Of course you'd say that, you're a skunk bear fan.  I'm surprised you haven't jumped ship on them yet like you did with the Lions.

1/5/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

jswol54 wrote:
I hate Ohio state, but I highly doubt Boise State would destroy them.  In fact, I'd venture to say Ohio State would win that game. 

OSU is way overrated....i think Boise would defeat them handily

1/5/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i give Boise Props...so when is the BCS gonna give it to them? they are a top notch team and deserve a shot one of these years if they keep playing like they have been the last 5-6 years

1/5/10   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

jswol54 wrote:
I hate Ohio state, but I highly doubt Boise State would destroy them.  In fact, I'd venture to say Ohio State would win that game. 

It's not impossible that Ohio State might win, but Boise'd be the best defense they've seen all year.  Unlike Oregon, who was missing their best CB, they could deny Ohio State the big plays on offense and I like Chip Kelly but I have seen him get out coached by Chris Petersen before.  The only real question is if Ohio State could get pressure on Moore without blitzing if so they'd have a shot, if they are forced to blitz Moore would pick them apart.  As often happens the team that can make the other one one-dimensional wins the game.  I'd give the slight edge to Boise, but it would be a good game.

1/5/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

celticfc411 wrote:
They've beaten two teams that were BCS-caliber teams this year...Oregon and TCU.  I think Ohio State was the other school to go 2-0 against teams that made it into the BCS this year, and BSU would most likely destroy Ohio St.  Time to take the chance, and if BSU goes undefeated next season, send them to the title game. If they embarrass themselves, oh well

I hate Ohio state, but I highly doubt Boise State would destroy them.  In fact, I'd venture to say Ohio State would win that game. 

1/5/10   |   celticfc411   |   51 respect

They've beaten two teams that were BCS-caliber teams this year...Oregon and TCU.  I think Ohio State was the other school to go 2-0 against teams that made it into the BCS this year, and BSU would most likely destroy Ohio St.  Time to take the chance, and if BSU goes undefeated next season, send them to the title game. If they embarrass themselves, oh well

1/5/10   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

(Edited by elevenbravo138again)

#1 It's time to realize Chris Petersen-49W and 4L is one of the top coaches in all the NCAA.
#2 Would they have a few more losses if they played in a BCS conference or even the MWC, the answer is almost certainly yes, but would this team be in the top 1-3 mix in any conference?  The answer again must be yes, this year they'd probably win the Big 10 and PAC 10, be no lower than 2nd in the: Big 12 and Big East, are they as good as GA Tech, I think so, other than Florida and Alabama is there another SEC team you are confident would beat Boise? 
#3 This is not Cincinnati they have a defense with 4-5 future pros, they make great pre-snap adjustments on both sides of the ball and their offensive line is perhaps the most underrated in the NCAA, 2 of their wide receivers are going to play on Sundays and while it's unlikely that Moore will start at QB in the NFL he could certainly have a Bill Musgrave/Detmer type career as a backup prior to going into coaching.
#4 Even if you don't want a full-scale playoff, aren't you intrigued by an old-school NCAA hoops-styled Consolation game between Florida and Boise for a crack at the winner of Texas/Alabama?  I am. 

1/5/10   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Boise St has beaten the BCS conference teams they've played, but I'm not ready to call them a national power.  At most, they only face three BCS conference opponents per season and I don't think that's enough.  They are 26-1 the past two seasons but 16 of those wins have come against teams like San Jose St, New Mexico St, Utah St, and Hawaii. 

Now I will say that some teams seem afraid to schedule them and I won't hold that agianst the Broncos.  I will also say that it was a travesty that TCU and Boise St had to play each other.  The NCAA had no balls on that call.  But to truly be considered a national power, at least half their games need to be played against BCS conference teams(which I realize isn't possible).  Maybe they should explore joining another conference because although these 14-0 seasons must be nice, they'll still never play for a national title. 

1/5/10   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

I am surprised that they beat TCU - I really thought TCU's offense could handle Boise...but that could be b/c I have bought the hype living in the metroplex. Impressive win for the Broncos. Congrats!!

1/5/10   |   Lizzo   |   324 respect

It was not surprising to me that they did so well last night. I watched most of the game and continue to be impressed by their level of play. When will the BCS get a sytem that is more equitable? I probably wouldn't take the Broncos over Bama, but I might take them over Texas, and I am a Horns fan!