Over the last decade, the Boise State Broncos football team has successfully changed its image from "that team from Idaho with the Smurf Turf" to a perennial BCS contender.
Year in, year out, the Broncos insert themselves into the BCS picture, beating an Adrian Peterson-led Oklahoma team in one of the greatest college football games ever played (the 2007 Fiesta Bowl) and returning to the Fiesta Bowl three years later to defeat TCU in a battle between non-BCS schools.
Entering the second-to-last week of the 2010 season, Boise State appeared on the verge of another trip to a BCS game and potentially a berth in the National Championship Game. The Broncos were undefeated, with wins against Virginia Tech and Oregon State, teams that would finish the season Top 25, and needed to beat Nevada and Utah State to close out their perfect season.
Behind quarterback Kellen Moore, who would finish the season with 35 touchdowns and the nation's best passer rating (182.6), the team seemed poised to make another splash in college football's controversial postseason.
Nevada was no slouch, entering this WAC matchup at 10-1 and angling for its first conference championship since 2005 (when it tied with Boise State, despite losing to the Broncos 49-14).
Boise State stormed to a 24-7 halftime lead, but Nevada came out of the locker room on all cylinders and, with future San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick at the helm of the Wolf Pack offense, ripped off 17 unanswered points to tie the game with 5:14 remaining.
The Broncos struck back quickly, scoring a touchdown on a 79-yard Moore pass to running back Doug Martin to retake the lead, only to have Nevada drive right back down the field to tie the score.
The Broncos' vaunted offense got the ball back with 13 seconds remaining and, after one 54-yard pass from Moore to Titus Young, kicker Kyle Brotzman trotted out for the potential game-winning field goal from 26 yards.
Brotzman had recently passed Jason Elam as the WAC's all-time leading scorer and would become the nation's all-time leading scorer later that season—a title he still holds today. He hadn't missed a field goal from within 30 yards all season.
But Brotzman's career accomplishments would forever take a back seat to what was going to happen next at Mackey Stadium in Reno.
The Broncos' normally-reliable kicker sailed the game-winner wide right, allowing the game to head into overtime. In the extra period, Brotzman again missed a chip shot on Boise State's first possession, this time hooking it wide left.
The Wolf Pack wasted no time, hitting the game-winning field goal to end Boise's BCS dreams, leaving Brotzman to spend the rest of his days as the game's (and season's) goat, even fielding death threats from overzealous fans.