What a Labor Day! Accompanied by pulled pork sandwiches, salsa, football-shaped oreos, WAY too much soda, and wonderful friends last night, I watched with bated breath as the Boise State Broncos took on the Virginia Tech Hokies in Landover, Maryland.
Let me start off by saying that I honestly cannot decide whether to kill Kellen Moore or marry him. Last night’s MVP nearly gave me a heart attack when he waited until the last 2 minutes of the game to show what he’s really made of.
The Broncos started the game strong, recovering a Virginia Tech fumble within the first minute of the game and cashing in on a field goal from the 44 yard line. Then, on the next VT drive, the Broncos tackled Ryan Williams for a loss as well as sacking Tyrod Taylor. To make it even sweeter, Austin Pettis (the one, the only, the AWESOME) blocked the punt. Yeah, that’s right. He BLOCKED a punt during “Beamer-ball”. One play later, he was hoisting a touchdown catch from Kellen Moore high into the humid air. After holding the Hokies yet again, Boise State took a rare sack and had to punt. Of course, they could always count on a friendly Virginia Tech player to rough the kicker and commit a personal foul all in the same play. 20 free yards and a pass interference call later, the Broncos scored another touchdown to go up 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.
I was feeling pretty darn good at this point. Up 17-0 is a very cushy place to be. To my eternal regret, I remarked to a friend sitting next to me that as long as we didn’t blow our lead like in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, we would be just fine for the rest of the game.
Famous last words, I know.
JINX! The Hokies came into the 2nd quarter as a completely different team. Tyrod Taylor started scrambling (forgive me for wishing he’d break his legs a few times during the game) and passing and Ryan Williams pulled out some crazy rushes. . . for a touchdown. “Oh well,” I thought. “It’s still a ten point lead. As long as we keep scoring, it doesn’t matter.” I felt even better when Kyle Brotzman drilled a 47 yard field goal and VT missed a 34 yard field goal. I really need to stop “feeling” and “thinking” during these crazy games. Three plays later, BSU fumbled the ball on the 39, giving VT EXCELLENT field position and handing them another touchdown, making the score 20-14. I admit, a few curse words entered my head at that point. Letting them get within one touchdown of us was not on my to-do list for the night.
During halftime, I fretted a bit, but managed to reassure myself that the Broncos had learned their lesson. After all, VT was committing penalties left and right. And we’d shut down their game for the most part. And Kellen Moore had yet to open up a can of whoop-a**. Right?
Wrong. BSU started out the half with two back to back penalties – an illegal block in the back and a false start – and had to punt it away. Virginia Tech had an unsuccessful drive and I silently (and not so silently) urged the Broncos to redeem themselves. Of course, once again I didn’t count on a holding penalty against us and Moore fumbling the ball after running into his own lineman, giving VT EXCELLENT field position and handing them another touchdown. (Is this sounding like deja vu or is it just me?)
This is where my nails began to disappear. (I just reexamined them and they’re bitten down to stubs.) Virginia Tech was AHEAD. Yes, it was only by one point, but they were AHEAD. We’d blown a 17 point lead. My Broncos eased my nerves a tiny bit when, three plays later, D.J. Harper rushed 71 yards for a touchdown. Everyone at the party was screaming so loud that we all went deaf and hoarse for a minute after that play. What a trooper! What a runner! Thank heaven for D.J. Harper! The extra point was blocked, but who cared? We were up again! The Broncos were far too smart to blow another lead or rack up more penalties!
Yeah. Right. Pass interference and roughing the kicker handed ANOTHER touchdown to Virginia Tech. Sure, we held them on the two-point conversion, but THEY WERE AHEAD AGAIN 27-26! Brotzman missing what should have been an easy 30 yard field goal did nothing to ease my nerves at that point. Then BSU roughed the passer, allowing VT to score a field goal and put them up 30-26, and almost made me lose it.
Another unsuccessful Bronco drive with 5 minutes left in the game was more than my nerves could handle. I packed up my computer and left the party, preferring to hear about the outcome hours later. I got back to my house and immediately began cleaning and packing things and ANYTHING to get my mind off of what could be the game that could ruin my whole year.
A few minutes later, I received a frenzied phone call from a friend telling me that BSU had just scored. I seized the remote and turned the TV on just in time to see the replay of Kellen Moore’s pass to Austin Pettis. YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! OH, KELLEN MOORE, YOU’VE FINALLY DECIDED TO SHOW THEM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF-
Except he did it too quickly. Oh, Kellen, did you REALLY have to leave them a whole 1 minute and 9 seconds? Did you really have to make me worry excessively for that torturous minute? Three incomplete passes and a sack later, I was weak with relief as I called up my ex from Virginia to tell him that Boise State had won.
Thankfully, Boise State is heavily favored to win all of their upcoming games, with the only other challenge an Oregon State team that nearly toppled TCU on the road. However, knowing BSU’s record on the Blue, I’m not that worried. GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!
As a side note, my heart goes out to Wyoming, who we are playing next in Week 3. Three freshman players are injured and one is dead after a car crash in Colorado.
About the Author
Written by Rachel Huffaker
I'm a feisty writer out of Boise, ID (or wherever I happen to be living; it's been known to change abruptly) who LOVES college sports. As a toddler, my dad would take me to BYU football, volleyball, basketball, soccer (etc) games while he attended law school there. I also love novels, video games, and sushi! :)