For anyone who did not see the Fiesta Bowl last night, try to watch the highlights. It will probably be on ESPN Classic as an instant classic this week.
I was just amazed by what happened. Boise State opened up an 18 point lead in the third quarter after returning an interception for a TD. Then it seemed like they got overly conservative and allowed the Sooners to get back into the game. Oklahoma scored the game-tying TD and two point conversion with a little over a minute left in the game. So you figure the game is probably going to overtime.
What happens next is just a complete shock - Boise State throws an interception that gets returned for an Oklahoma go-ahead TD with about a minute to play. Now all looks lost for Boise State. But Boise had a minute and one timeout. On fourth and 18 at the 50 yard line, and with just 18 seconds remaining, the game is essentially over. But no! Boise pulled off a miracle. They completed a 20 yard pass which the receiver flipped back to another streaking receiver running the opposite way - the old hook and lateral. The result is a 50-yard TD. Tie game, going to overtime.
In overtime, Oklahoma's All-American running back Adrian Peterson made it look easy. First play of overtime he runs 25 yards for a TD. Boise State struggles but on a gadget play on 4th and 2 from the 5 yard line they score a TD. Rather than kick the extra point, Boise State goes for 2 and pulls out a perfectly executed "Statue of Liberty" play. Boise State wins. Awesome.
Then, after the game, Ian Johnson, the Boise State running back who rushed for over 100 yards, scored a TD and the game winning 2-point conversion got down on his knee after his post-game, on-field interview immediately after the game. He then proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend, who happily accepted the proposal. Man, that was great television. A great game and some human drama afterward.
I cannot imagine the national championship being any better.
I also think that Boise State deserves a shot at Ohio State, should the Buckeyes win. If Florida wins, I firmly believe that Boise State should be the national champion - they would be the only undefeated team. Unfortunately that will never happen and we will never know if this undefeated Boise State team is in fact the best in the country. All because we have the corrupt and highly flawed BCS system.