Best of 2007: Boise State Wins the Fiesta Bowl
2007 saw plenty of memorable sports stories—some of them good, some of them bad.
The betters ones included the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl win, the Boston Red Sox's World Series title, and Tim Tebow's becoming the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
Two of the worst the release of the Mitchell Report and the tragic death of Redskins' safety Sean Taylor.
But for all the thrills and heartbreaks of the last year, the one story that still sticks in my mind is Boise State's New Year's Day triumph over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.
The game was a classic matchup of David vs. Goliath, featuring drama at the highest level.
The final 1:26 of regulation saw the teams combine for 22 points, highlighted by the Broncos' hook-and-ladder on fourth down to tie the Sooners at 35-35 and force overtime.
After Adrian Peterson ran in from 25 yards to give OU a 42-35 overtime lead, the Broncos, with their backs to the wall, threw a halfback pass for a touchdown—on fourth down again, no less.
Then came what I think was one of the guttiest play-calls I've ever seen.
Boise State head coach Chris Petersen decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win instead of kicking the PAT to send the game into a second OT. The Broncos proceeded to run the Statue of Liberty to perfection, with QB Jared Zabransky faking a throw to his right and handing the ball off to Ian Johnson behind his back with his left hand.
The play gave Boise State a 43-42 win, and put the finishing touches on a perfect season (13-0).
All told, the 2007 Fiesta Bowl was proof that you can never count out the underdog. Boise State's victory showed that teams from less powerful conferences, like the WAC, can hang with the big boys.
One year later, history repeated itself when Hawaii earned a BCS at-large bid to play Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
On New Year's Day 2008, we'll see if history repeats itself on the field too.
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