The 2013-14 football season was disappointing in many ways for Bronco Nation.
The Broncos finished the year 8-5 overall, which was their worst record since 1998 when they finished 6-5 as members of the Big West.
They also had to endure season-ending injuries to several key players, including excellent backup running back Aaron Baltazar, offensive spark plug Shane Williams-Rhodes and starting quarterback Joe Southwick.
The season seemed to go from bad to worse as Boise State lost crucial games, including one to San Diego State. It was not only the first time in a long time the Broncos lost to a conference opponent two seasons in a row, but the 34-31 heartbreaking overtime loss also hindered them from earning a spot in the first-ever Mountain West title game.
The biggest loss for Boise State, however, was in early December when the team would lose its head coach Chris Petersen after he decided to leave Boise to become the new head man for the Washington Huskies.
Not long after that, promising freshman running back Aaron Baltazar decided to leave the team for undisclosed reasons.
But, the difficulties didn't stop there.
It was, without much doubt, the worst season in over a decade for the team that has made winning look so easy.
However, adversity has never kept Boise State football down for long. Helen Keller once said:
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.
Even if this season brought difficulty and hardship for the Broncos and their fans, the truth is that all of the blood, sweat, tears and hard work will not be wasted. This is a program that has never rolled over and played dead.
And, if history is any indication, this team will rise from the ashes of this season and continue its ascension in the college football universe.
Of course, the 2013-14 season was not without some high points for the Broncos either.
There were some very impressive and excellent moments along the way. Let's look at five such moments in a celebration of the things that did go right for Boise State in 2013 and what it might mean for this program going forward.