I don’t know whether to call it tragic or poetic. 4th ranked Boise State was just upset by 19th ranked and WAC opponent Nevada in overtime. All of Boise States hopes of being the first team from a non automatic qualifying conference to appear in the BCS title game were just erased by a 34-31 loss.
The game looked won when Boise State QB Kellen Moore threw the definition of a Hail Mary pass to Titus Young with nine seconds left in regulation to the Nevada nine yard line. With two seconds left in the game, Broncos kicker Kyle Brotzman attempted what should have been a chip shot to win the game: it wasn’t. The straight kick inexplicably sailed wide right, sending the game into overtime. ESPN even thought the game was over, making the on screen score 34-31 in favor of Boise. Not so fast my friend.
Boise got the ball first in OT and drove to the Nevada 12 yard line and once again put their trust in Brotzman. Once again, the ball went wide. Then, three plays later, Nevada kicker Anthony Martinez nailed a 34 yard field goal and the celebration in Nevada commenced.
Nevada had fought back from 17-0 deficit to tie the game at 24 with 5:14 left in regulation. The teams traded touchdowns before Moore threw his desperation completion that set up the missed FG.
This was the last thing that opponents to the BCS (myself among them) wanted to witness. Boise was among four undefeated team left in the league and now they have no shot at the title game. It will be fuel to the fire for people who don’t believe that the Broncoes, who are leaving the WAC after this season, could make it in a “tougher” conference like the SEC and Big 12.
As I was watching the last quarter my natural instinct kicked in and I began cheering for the under dog Wold Pack to beat the Broncoes. It was the Wolf Packs first win against Boise since 1998. They outplayed Boise, congrats to them and the school. It was a game that made up for the fact that I didn’t get to watch the Iron Bowl earlier in the day. I want to see Boise State take part in the championship game someday, but it won’t happen this year.
Now any hope of breaking the BCS bank rest on TCU, who plays New Mexico tomorrow night. TCU needs Either Oregon to lose to Oregon State next week or Auburn to be defeated by the South Carolina Gamecocks in the SEC championship game.
What did you think of the Nevada upset? How will this affect Boise’s BCS arguments in seasons to come and how will TCU fare?