Boise State Coach Adds a Surprising Detail
Last night, I was up late listening to the radio and I stumbled on an interview with the coach of the victorious Boise State football team. I deliberately waited a couple of days before posting on this remarkable victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, because I wanted to hear someone else's opinion.
At the time I said to myself that it was the greatest college football game I have ever seen, but that happens every few years. The only flaw was having it settled by the college overtime system, although, as a football fan I know pointed out, that beats the pros where the single most dominating factor in overtime is who wins the coin flip.
If you didn't see this game, I can't begin to go through the monumental momentum swings, and trick plays. This team played with a cinematic level of the right stuff. It's why football fans watch - to see reality merge with some story line that nobody would dare dream up. I was very pleased last night when the sports radio DJ said, "It's being called the most exciting finish in the history of college football." That's how I saw it, but I didn't want to get caught up in hyperbole. Heck, last year's Rose Bowl between USC and Texas was pretty impressive and that was just a year ago. Certainly the talent level was higher then with legendary players like Reggie Bush doing his thing.
So in the interests of restraint I'll just say - if the category is David versus Goliath - nothing comes close to Boise State over Oklahoma. But what did the coach say that was interesting?
Okay, there is some debate on whether the big trick play to score the long touchdown with 7 seconds left in regulation is called the hook and ladder play, or the hook and lateral. I prefer the first. The coach just called it the circus play. And get this: He said they only really ran two-thirds of it. There was supposed to be a second lateral! He said if you see the replay you'll see another player streaking down the sideline and he was also supposed to get a lateral. So, one of the bigger trick plays of the season and they actually toned it down!
The coach also said that a backup quarterback had made the suggestion on the Statue of Liberty play, to make the throwing motion with an empty right hand, while wrapping the ball behind the back with your left hand. It showed how backups who don't play can still make a contribution. Then you have the player proposing right after the victory and it was perfect.
Oh well, I don't want to sound excessive. It was definitely the best game of the New Year. It was definitely the best game of this past season. And it really might have been the best college football game of all time. Really. I mean it.