Nevada football has lived under the Boise State shadow for years. Yet the Nevada football team took the spotlight against Boise State last night, as they had a chance to change the entire BCS picture. Of course, most thought that the Wolfpack would change it by losing, and helping the Broncos jump over TCU. Since the Wolfpack were 10-1, they were the quality opponent that the Broncos needed to finally improve their strength of schedule. However, Nevada was too much of a quality opponent, as Boise State was stunned to leave the BCS picture.
The day was a rollercoaster for the Broncos before it started, as Auburn seemed set to lose and give Boise State a chance to become No. 2. When that failed, Oregon was threatened by Arizona, yet they rallied as well.
At that point, they had to focus on Nevada football, which worked well for Boise State at first. Although they didn’t steamroll out of the gate, like usual, the Broncos jumped to a 17-0 lead, and a 24-7 advantage at the half. With their offensive and defensive power, it looked like a matter of time before they finished the Wolfpack.
Yet the underdogs did what 10 others couldn’t against the Broncos this season, and started to rally back. Colin Kaepernick led the charge, tying the game on a 93 yard drive in the fourth. When the Broncos struck back on a 79-yard touchdown pass, the Wolfpack came right back to tie it again.
But it seemed like Nevada football would be destined to fall short, when Boise State drove one more time in the final minute. Kyle Brotzman had an easy 26-yard field goal with seconds left, yet he missed it. For good measure, when overtime started, he missed a 29-yard kick on the first possession.
However, Wolfpack kicker Anthony Martinez had no such hard luck, hitting a 34-yarder minutes later. The 34-31 overtime win did what the Iron Bowl, and the Arizona-Oregon game, fell just short of doing — it shook up the BCS.
Of course, an Oregon or Auburn loss would have been much bigger, but those two still control their destiny with a week left. Yet the Nevada football team not only knocked out Boise State, they gave TCU new life. All week, the Horned Frogs were expected to fall to No. 4 in the next BCS polls. Now, they will not only stay at No. 3, but may go to the title game if Oregon or Auburn fall next week.
For the Broncos, they not only lost a national title shot, but now they won’t even win the WAC. They now have to play in a non-BCS game, while the 11-1 Wolfpack improved their own bowl standing.
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