January 2, 2007

Fiesta Means Party

Did you see the Fiesta Bowl? One of the most exciting games I've ever watched. Boise State holds a 28-20 lead with 1:30 left. Oklahoma scores to come within two. On the 2 point conversion try, the first two attempts were marred by penalties, and Oklahoma finally scored from the six to force the tie. After a kickoff return to the 25, BSU's next pass is intercepted and taken to the house. 35-28 OU with one minute left. After another kickoff, Boise drives down the field and gets to fourth and 18. They run a pass play just to the first down marker, but the receiver executes a beautiful planned lateral the other way and Boise scores on a 50 yard play with seven seconds left to force OT.

In overtime, OU gets the ball first and scores on the very first play. Now it's Boise's turn. They move a little slower and finally get to fourth and goal on the 2. With three receivers stacked to the right and one in the backfield, the QB races out to a flanker position on the left. The receiver takes the snap, sprints to his right, and lofts it just over the defender's outstretched arms to score.

Boise can force another OT with the extra point, but they've decided to win now by going for 2. The QB takes the snap whirls to his right and pump fakes a receiver screen. However, he keeps the ball down in his left hand while his right makes the throwing motion. While holding the ball down by his hip, the tailback runs behind him, takes the ball out of his outstretched arm and strolls in to win the game. The old Statue of Liberty play. I'm glad I stayed up for this one.

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