Robin here. You know, the gal who said she wasn’t much of a football fan. Well, that doesn’t apply when it comes to the BSU Broncos. I watched the game last night, and I must say that it was a nail biter into the last seconds. Those boys played their hearts out. They played smart. They were steady and didn’t lose their heads, even when mistakes were made. Coach Chris Peterson is an amazing coach, humble, smart, all kinds of accolades.
The game took off quickly and it was 7-0 Broncos and then 14-0 Broncos. Then the Sooners came back and finally it was 14-10 Broncos. In the fourth quarter, it was 28-20 Broncos. And then with less than three minutes to go, the Sooners pulled ahead. It was 28-35 Sooners.
Good Grief! Holy Cow! Was she ever right. The Broncos pulled it out. The game was tied 35-35, and into overtime we went. Broncos won the toss and chose defense first. On the very first play, the Sooners took the ball in for a touchdown. The Broncos were behind, 35-42.
Watching those last plays was nothing short of agony. Unlike that quick touchdown by the Sooners, the Broncos took us down the field carefully and methodically. Touchdown. Now what? Yes, folks. They went for the two-pointer. In a spectacular play, the Broncos did it. They won 43-42.
A stunned Sooner crowd was drowned out by the 30,000 cheering fans who had traveled to Arizona. That "Bronco Nation" crowd, in addition to my daughters, sons-in-law, and one son-in-law’s father (a former BSU president) included the 90 year old former coach of the Boise Junior College football program; the former mayor and governor of Idaho who is now the Interior Secretary, Dirk Kempthorne; the newly-sworn in governor of Idaho, Butch Otter; and the current Boise mayor, David Bieter.
See all the stuff you learn when you stay up until well after 11 p.m. to watch a game and its recap on the local news. Downtown Boise became one huge, spontaneous, car-honking party. Firecrackers were going off in my neighborhood again (and my frightened sheltie was back in the kennel).
If Florida beats Ohio next week, the Broncos will be the only undefeated college team in the country. Gosh, I may have to watch another game. And buy a blue and orange shirt.
Okay, I’m going in search of "normal Robin." She must be around here somewhere.
BSU! BSU! BSU!
Oh, a side note. Marty Tadman, BSU Safety, is a strong Christian with an inspirational story (raised Jewish, fell into drugs, found Christ and turned his life around). And Ian Johnson, BSU Tailback, who ran so many yards last night, fell to one knee and proposed to his girlfriend in the end zone.