I admit that next to soccer, pointy ball is my next favorite sport. I don’t get to watch nearly enough of it with all that’s usually going on around here, so I consider myself very lucky to have watched what was easily one of the best bowl games, if not collegiate games, ever. Those of you who saw it know exactly what I’m talking about.
Undefeated #9 Boise State upset #7 Oklahoma in a wild overtime win in the Fiesta Bowl. Name any coach in a top tier conference who would have gone for two in the first OT to win. Name any coach in a top tier conference that would have used so many wild plays and had a team that could execute them so well. For those of you who didn’t see the game, here are some sports writers who managed to pull their jaws up off the floor: SI’s Stewart Mandel, ESPN’s Pat Forde, and CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. The play that won the game was done so well it was hard to follow the ball even in slow motion. When is the last time you saw the quarterback suddenly go in motion to line up as a receiver while the snap goes to the tailback in the shotgun who spirals it into the corner of the endzone for a touchdown? The hook and ladder that tied things up was flawless. And those weren’t all of them. I still would have loved to know what play they almost ran when FIVE players lined up wide left during regulation, before OU called a timeout.
Definitely one of the most exciting and intense pointy ball games I’ve ever watched and even though I had no dog in this fight, I was screaming so loud for Boise State in those final 10 minutes I’m sure my kids woke up at least three times.
And to top it all off, one of the Boise State stars, Ian Johnson, proposed to his girlfriend, the head cheerleader, after the game live on national TV. Priceless!
I’m sure the end of this game will show up on YouTube soon and if it does – watch it.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.