Boise State Knocked from the BCS as Nevada Wolfpack Prevail, 34-31

Mike WehlingAnalyst INovember 27, 2010

The unthinkable occurred Friday night in Reno, Nevada.  The Nevada Wolfpack upset the Boise State Broncos in overtime, 34-31.  The Broncos blew a 24-point lead to allow the Wolfpack back into the game.  They then missed an easy field goal to seal the game.  When they took their first possession in overtime they failed yet again to make the field goal.  Nevada got the ball, ran three times and kicked the field goal for the win.

This is the biggest win in Nevada's history.  They won the WAC title tonight and knocked off a team they have not beaten since 1998.  The Wolfpack have won the WAC title since sharing with Boise State in 2005.

The loss will undoubtedly shake up the BCS.  Boise State's loss removes them from both the National Title race, as well as a BCS Bowl, as they will surely fall from the polls.  The Broncos fail to capture the WAC title, in their final season in the WAC before heading off to the Mountain West, where they will be joined by Nevada the year after.  The loss will probably also eliminate Kellen Moore from the Heisman Trophy race as well.

The loss is TCU's gain, as many had the Broncos ahead of the Horned Frogs before this game.  Now, if either Oregon or Auburn slip, the Horned Frogs will be the only other undefeated team in the country.


Boise State total yards: 493

Kellen Moore was his typical self for the Boise State offense, he was 21 of 30 for 349 yards passing with two touchdowns. 

Moore's favorite target was Titus Young, who had six catches for 130 yards and a touchdown, one of his catches was the epic one that set up the easy field goal, which the kicker promptly missed.  The real standout player for the offense, is Doug Martin, who had 152 yards rushing with two touchdowns, as well as 78 yards receiving with a touchdown.

Nevada total yards: 528

The balance in Nevada's offense is what helped them to a huge victory.  Colin Kaepernick was 19 of 35 for 259 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.  The run game for Nevada had 269 yards rushing with three touchdowns, with Vai Taua leading with 131 and a touchdown.