For the eighth consecutive season, WhatIfsports.com is proud to present the ultimate college football playoff in a tournament we refer to as December Madness 2011.
Over the next three weeks, the Top 16 college football teams (11 conference champions and five at-large programs based on BCS rating) will compete for the December Madness title.
Utilizing our award-winning college football simulation engine, we "play" each matchup 1,001 times.
View the December Madness playoff bracket and complete box score here: http://www.whatifsports.com/decmadness/
The Broncos were the highest seed (12) to advance to the second round of December Madness 2011.
As with many December Madness simulated games, Broncos-Badgers came down to the fourth quarter.
Down five, Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore (229 yards, four touchdowns, one interception) kept the chains moving in an 11-play drive that included a gutsy call by coach Chris Petersen to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Badgers' 12-yard line. Doug Martin picked up 8. Moore hit Matt Miller in the end zone two plays later (missed two-point conversion) to hand the Broncos their first lead since the early in the second quarter.
The Broncos enjoyed that lead for exactly 75 seconds. On the Badgers' third play of the next drive, Montee Ball housed one from 56 yards out. (James White's two-point conversion was good.) Wisconsin led 30-23 with a little more than nine minutes to go in the game.
Boise State countered with a haymaker of its own, Martin broke off a 50-yard run to the left side before being tackled at the Wisconsin 4. Moore found Tyler Shoemaker for six (extra point good), and just like that it was tied 30-30.
The Badgers, in field-goal range, had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Ball fumbled and the Broncos recovered.
In the first overtime, Moore and the offense picked up a first down before the quarterback hit Kyle Efaw for a 14-yard touchdown. Wisconsin failed in its attempt to force a second overtime.
The Broncos won 37-30 in OT to advance to the semifinals and a date with LSU.
Player of the game: Kellen Moore (229 yards, 4 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Boise State 53.2% - Wisconsin 46.8%