When I was seven years old, when Santonio Holmes led the Pittsburgh Steelers to their sixth Super Bowl victory, I was hooked on football. I spent a lot of time as a kid and teen trying to be like my football idols so that I could one day be the head coach of my team. Unfortunately, when I was a teenager, a transfer to Taiwan temporarily derailed my hopes of becoming an NFL star. I recruited kids from the neighborhood who had never even seen a football before to join us in practice and games. I returned to the United States in the summer before my sophomore year in high school, and I immediately resumed the pursuit of my lifelong goal of becoming a professional quarterback. My chances of joining the football team at my huge Texas high school were slim as a little, untrained missionary youngster. After failed attempts, I gave up, but my passion for the game only increased. Therefore, when the Boise State Broncos hosted the TCU Horned Frogs, I was excited to attend the game.
The head coach Andy Avalos spent some time with his coaching staff before the players about the significance of the current game. He then told them to have fun during the game before leaving them with one of his famous quotes. “The average amount of time a player has possession of the ball throughout a game is two or three minutes. What you do with the rest of downtime is crucial. The choices you make in your head as a football player—where to run, when to run, when to block, when to push, when to maneuver, how to move—are what separate the excellent players from the great ones.”
Boise State’s success has risen over the last decade, and the university has recently received national attention. The program has produced more than its fair share of notable alums thanks to its extensive history of achievement. The team has reached unprecedented heights under Coach Chris Petersen’s leadership. Boise is considered a potential upset winner at the national level in every season. Please take a look at some of the athletes that have contributed to our team’s success!
Several legendary players, including Jared Zabransky, Randy Trautman, Cedric Minter, Titus Young, and Kyle Brotzman, have played for the Broncos. Zabransky started for the Broncos for two seasons, during which they went undefeated and won a BCS game (against Oklahoma, no less). In addition, Zabransky was a nominee for the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Awards in the same year (2006). Even more so, only Randy Trautman represents Boise State in the College Football Hall of Fame. Trautman, a defensive line giant, tore it up at Boise and is now in the NFL. Subsequently, in 1982, he was selected in the NFL draft by the Washington Redskins. Also, even though most of the players on this list played at least a decade ago, Minter is still the all-time leader in running yards at Boise State. His impressive combination of power and quickness led to a successful career in the Canadian Football League.
Titus Young graduated from Boise State and set a record for receiving yards in a collegiate career. By 2009, Young was the first WAC athlete to be named to the first team in receiving and kickoff returns. Even though Brotzman’s two missed field goals in 2010 prevented Boise from an undefeated season, he will be remembered for setting the NCAA record for lifetime points. Brotzman was reliable and stable during his stay in Boise. He may be the college’s best kicker, hands down.
A failed field goal was the last nail in the coffin for Boise State’s flawless season, and BCS championship hopes. On Saturday, the fifth-ranked Broncos were playing the 36-35 victors when time ran out, and rookie kicker Dan Goodale’s 39-yard attempt went wide right. The door has opened for TCU to win the Mountain West Conference championship. The Broncos have probably had several defeats similar to this one. Last year, Boise State’s senior Kyle Brotzman ruined the Broncos’ perfect season and BCS dreams by missing two short field goal attempts in overtime, giving Nevada a 34-31 victory.
Kellen Moore, the quarterback who led the Broncos within striking distance in the game’s final 55 seconds, brushed off postgame comparisons to the previous year’s heartbreak in Nevada by claiming that defeats in major games seldom come down to a single person. In a close match between two perennial BCS contenders, the Broncos (8-1, 3-1) had opportunities to prevent any field goal drama.
With 5:37 left and a 35-28 lead, Boise State grabbed the ball at their own 32. After a fumble by reserve running back, Drew Wright was retrieved by TCU (8-2, 5-0) with 2:26 left; Moore then orchestrated a controlled drive to put the Broncos in scoring position. The transition to Casey Pachall proved devastating for Boise State. The second-year player completed 24 of 37 throws for a personal best 473 yards and five touchdowns, three of which came in the first half on completions of 75, 74, and 69 yards. After patiently marching the Horned Frogs down the field, Pachall calmly threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter, who vaulted over a defender to make the catch in the end zone and bring TCU within 36-35 with 1:05 left.
TCU’s head coach Gary Patterson took a bold move by giving the ball to Pachall to go for the win rather than settling for a draw. You may consider this a successful attempt. TCU went ahead 36-35 after Pachall threw a short throw to Josh Boyce, who pushed his way into the end zone. This silenced the boisterous Bronco Stadium crowd. With Boise State’s secondary decimated by injury, the Broncos were forced to start their backup corners, and the Horned Frogs took advantage, piling up 506 yards of total offense. This also offers the Horned Frogs a leg up in the competition for the Mountain West title in their last season in the conference. The previous two games of the season for TCU will be played at home against Colorado State and UNLV, while Boise State will host San Diego State, Wyoming, and New Mexico.
The win against TCU extends their conference winning streak to 22 games and earns them a new Mountain West Conference record of 12 consecutive road conference victories. With this defeat, the Broncos’ 35-game unbeaten record at home ends, making it the longest stretch in the country. However, it also means Boise State must readjust its postseason objectives once again. The Broncos are no longer competitive for the significant BCS bowls, so they’re focusing on bowl games like the Poinsettia Bowl and Las Vegas Bowl instead.
Moore’s touchdown throw to Matt Miller from 22 yards out gave Boise State a quick 1-0 lead in the first regular season matchup between Boise State and TCU. The following time the ball was in play, Pachall threw a touchdown pass to Boyce along the left sideline for 74 yards. In all, Boyce had five receptions for 163 yards and three scores. In the second quarter, Pachall connected with him once more for a 69-yard touchdown throw. While TCU kicker Ross Evans failed to convert the extra point, the Horned Frogs still led Boise State by two points, 20-14, at halftime for the first time this season.
Boise State started the second half out hot, resulting in a turnover for TCU on the first play. Tackling end Tyrone Crawford recovered the loose ball and raced 32 yards for a score. The Broncos took a 21-20 lead after the extra point. Moore directed a 67-yard, 10-play scoring drive for Boise State, which was finished by a 3-yard TD run by D.J. Harper to put the Broncos up, 28-20 after a TCU punt. On the next drive, TCU was able to go within striking distance as Pachall completed a 2-yard touchdown throw to Boyce. Pachall then completed a 2-point conversion by racing around the right end and into the end zone.