The troops in the war against the BCS
Boise State played the biggest football game in school history on Monday night against Virginia Tech. Going into this game, everyone knew that this game was their season; a win Monday would mean that, if they ran the table for the rest of the season, it could end with a berth in the BCS championship game, something that no non-BCS team has ever done.
The Boise State team came into this matchup a two-point underdog. On Virginia Tech's opening drive, a botched snap led to a Boise State field goal, giving them an early 3-0 lead.
On Virginia Tech's next drive, they went three-and-out. On the fourth down punt play, Boise State blocked the kick and recovered. This led to a touchdown pass from Boise State QB Kellen Moore to WR Austin Pettis on an easy pitch and catch in the middle of the end zone, putting the Broncos up 10-0.
Boise State would tack on another touchdown in the first quarter to take a 17-0 lead going into the second quarter.
It didn't look good for Virginia Tech early, but they wouldn't give up that easily. They scored their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter and weren't done yet.
Boise State began to falter in the second half, as Virginia Tech battled back to take a 27-26 lead. Boise State was looking tired and unable to stop Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor from doing whatever he wanted to with the ball. He threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 73 yards.
With four minutes left, Boise State found themselves trailing by four and trying to stop the Hokies one more time, which they had been having trouble doing the entire second half.
Boise State forced a punt and got the ball back with less than two minutes to play in regulation. The ball was returned to near midfield, giving QB Kellen Moore one more chance to win the biggest game of his life.
He orchestrated one of the most picture-perfect two-minute drills I've seen displayed in awhile, capping it off with a touchdown pass floated over the defense to none other than WR Austin Pettis in the middle of the end zone with less than a minute remaining.
Virginia Tech got the ball back, but couldn't even make it across midfield.
The clock expired, and the Boise State team had managed to pull out their school's mightiest sports victory ever—so far. Now the team has their sights set on the ultimate prize: an NCAA national championship. This is a task that they could actually accomplish if they win out and get some help.
Boise State needs to be the only undefeated team in the NCAA this season. Also, they're going to have to beat up on bad teams this year: The only ranked team remaining on their schedule is #24 Oregon State.
They're going to need a Heisman Trophy worthy season from QB Kellen Moore, who didn't look great in Monday night's nail-biter but got the job done when it counted. Moore also threw for three touchdowns with zero interceptions, which is a fantastic stat no matter how he looked.
This team is easily the winningest team in college football in the last five years, and they're going to get a shot to make it all pay off this year.
Destiny is in their hands, and if they play their cards right, they could do something that no one thought was possible: they could change the way the college football championship is decided from here on out.
A small school winning it all could be the final nail in the coffin for the BCS and force the NCAA to bring us the playoff system that we've all wanted for years. Most importantly, a championship for Boise State would let all of us know that the little guy doesn't always get pushed out.
This is quite possibly a monumental year in college football, and we should all slow down and watch closely.
You can bet the decision committee will. Any excuse they can find to leave Boise State out of the big game will be used as a tactic to do just that.
It's up to Boise State to make sure that there are none.