Friday, January 1, 2010.
Like you (hopefully), I have New Year’s Day off. But considering what’s three days away, we can’t ring in 2010 without one simple flashback. And with that, I wish you a Happy New Year.
This Day In Sports…January 1, 2007:
The moment it finishes, Boise State fans rightfully consider the 43-42 Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma the best college football game they’ve ever seen. Then, over the next 24 hours, it became clear that much of the rest of the nation agreed. The Broncos dominated the first half and then some, and in the third quarter, they led the Sooners by 18 points. Then the throng of 73,719 in Glendale, AZ, saw the Oklahoma rally to tie the game—and then saw a Jared Zabransky interception returned for a touchdown, all in the final two minutes to give the Sooners a 35-28 lead.
On fourth-and-18 with 18 seconds left in the game, Boise State came back from the dead with a 50-yard hook-and-lateral game-tying touchdown from Zabransky to Drisan James to Jerard Rabb. Then came a direct-snap halfback option pass from Vinny Perretta to Derek Schouman for a touchdown in overtime, again on fourth down, to bring the Broncos within a PAT of tying the game again. But Coach Chris Petersen famously decided to go for two points and end it, and Zabransky gave Ian Johnson the behind-the-back Statue of Liberty for the winning points. Zabransky was Fiesta Bowl Offensive MVP, BSU’s Marty Tadman won the game’s defensive award with his two interceptions, and the non-BCS Broncos secured a place in college football history.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He also handles color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football.)