No.6 Boise State Bolts Past No.11 Virginia Tech To Advance in Playoffs
No.6 Boise State Bolts Past No.11 Virginia Tech to Advance to the Second Round in 2009 Playoffs!
Well, here is what might happen if a 16 team playoff system existed:
Boise State continued to prove that conferences that were not named SEC, Big 12, Pac 10, ACC, Big East, Big 10, etc., were still very competitive and quite able to play a key role in determining the 2009 NCAA National College Football Championship.
The common thought until now was that conferences such as the Mountain West or the WAC were just too weak to produce a champion worthy of representing against the "big boys" from the top six conferences.
It did not take Boise State long to prove their detractors wrong as Kellen More continued light up the 2009 statistics graph with an 80 yard touch strike on the second play from scrimmage, just as the capacity Alamo crowd was warming to the game.
Several Tech fans were heard muttering that they couldn't believe the Broncos could "light them up with so much and with such ease. Gee, Alabama couldn't do it like this!"
But the truth is they never came close to facing an offense as prolific as Boise State's, who scored in the 40's and 50's with regularity throughout the season. They were heard to lament State's "comparatively weak schedule" compared to Tech, but they failed to realize that Boise State has maintained a high level of excellence for several years now, and this thrashing was more of the same.
Besides, how would Boise State have competed against Duke, East Carolina or N.C. State, all great NCAA powers in other sports, but not football!? Virginia Tech knows the answer now!
Down 21-0 and the fans losing interest quickly as the first half faded away, Virginia Tech mounted a spirited comeback behind the clutch passing of Tyrod Taylor 9-11, 152 yards in the first half and the rushing and receiving of Ryan Williams. It was two scores later, and the Hokies had bullied their way back into the game at 21-14.
It was at that point the Tech tried a surprising, dumb and stupid onside kick into a 55 yard touchdown. The ball found its way into the hands of the Broncos Austin Pettis playing up on the kick. He deftly scooped it up at the 45, and after several bobbles weaved through a stunned Tech kick off team all the way to the end zone.
It was half time and Boise State was comfortably ahead 28-14, but Virginia Tech was not finished yet.
Boise State kicked off to the Hokies to begin the second half, and they advanced it to the 35 where they went to work in a quick fashion. Tyrod Taylor continued an effective, if not spectacular, day by passing the rock to Jarret Boykin and Danny Coat, but most of all relying on the brute strength of Ryan Williams 42 rushing yards, the Hokies were knocking at the door again. Sure enough, a role out pass from Taylor to Josh Oglesby was complete for seven tough yards and the score was narrowed considerably!
The score had tightened to 28-21, and we had a game.
This is what is so great about the GridIron gauntlet 16 team playoff. These games mean something, so each team is laying out on the field for the entire 60 minutes.
That was until the Bronco offense really got going. Kellen Moore and the Boise State offense dominated the out-manned Virginia tech defense in the third quarter as they rolled up 175 yards behind 75 tough yards from Jeremy Avery. Boise State closed the third quarter with a 15 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Shoemaker and a 35-21 lead as they entered the fourth quarter.
The fun was just beginning.
Tyrod Taylor took the reins and engineered a quick six play-72 yard touchdown drive—2:32 time elapsed off the clock—capped off by a Ryan Williams five-yard smash through the middle of the Bronco defense. The score was narrowed to 35-28 with a little over 13 minutes left in the third quarter.
That's when the Boise State offense really got into gear as Kellen Moore and Jeremy Avery engineered a quick touchdown strike, balancing timely passes with punishing running. Boise State was ahead 42-28 rolling 518 total yards to the point, thoroughly perplexing the Hokie fans who thought that this was just not possible!
Two late red zone turnovers kept Boise State from running the score into the mid-fifties, and an impressive 62 yard march down the field at the end of the game narrowed the final score to 42-35.
The most impressive part of this game was the unusual intensity displayed throughout the entire contest. Frank Beamer said after the game that the GridIron Gauntlet Playoff was the best thing to hit college football in 50 years. "The first round games have been fought with great energy, enthusiasm and intensity and our game in San Antonio though a neutral site was no different.
Boise State will continue its quest for a perfect season at the Orange Bowl against number 3 Florida. With all the controversy surrounding Urban Meyer, you better stay tuned for that one!
If you want to make a difference, then dump the BCS and demand a college football playoff now! It's time to step up and make your voice heard!
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