Monday night, the hype built up since early February of 2010 had finally arrived.
Spotting themselves a darting 17-0 lead seemingly left Virginia Tech in the dust. Then, the second quarter rolled around.
Talk about a tale of two quarters.
Suddenly, Tyrod Taylor brought the Hokies to life on both ends of the ball throwing the Broncos completely out of whack. The Hokies’ defense reverted back to good ole’ Beamer Ball days hurrying up Kellen Moore along with clogging up every running lane available turning back Boise’s deep backfield depth.
Leisurely, the Boise State lead vanished until finally with 6:34 remaining in the third quarter, the lead was no longer. Taylor had rallied his troops capturing their first lead handing the ball off to Ryan Williams who practically walked into the end zone turning the tide entirely. The Hokies led 21-20.
Virginia Tech’s defense ran down every Bronco handling the ball like mad men possessed, closing down every microscopic bit of light through any crack Boise could scope out; but the search for more light found on quit.
Kellen Moore’s blood temperature plunged to the freezing point. Not the most secure situation for the opposition.
With just over a minute remaining until the clock struck midnight for Chris Petersen’s Broncos, Kellen Moore had one last act of heroism up his wristband. Firing a bullet to all around playa hata Austin Pettis to the back of the end zone, Boise regained the lead for good 33-30 as the Broncos’ secondary found their legs and revived their football brains deflecting pinpoint passes from the scorching Tyrod Taylor.
Holding the BCS party crasher card close at hand, you may ask the question; where does this win rank among the non-BCS teams beating BCS automatic qualifiers?
Before you read into the countdown, ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale awarded America his professional opinion regarding the upset situation from college basketball to college football while commentating the No.12 Kansas Jayhawks/No.1 Florida Gators November 25, 2006 basketball game.
“What makes college basketball so special are the upsets we’re seeing with Oral Roberts beating Kansas, we see Gonzaga beating North Carolina. That’s the beauty and essence of the college game. The elite teams like the North Carolina and Kansas and Florida can get beat by a mid-major. That’s not going to happen in football. There’s no way a mid-major is going to beat an elite football program like a Michigan-Ohio State or a Notre Dame or Southern Cal.”