We are lucky as fans, we have seen 3 of the best Fiesta Bowls any fan base could hope for. Not to mention, we have won all 3 of them. Here are pictures from each game to relive these historic moments.
Take out the records, take out the stats, take out the implications for the program. Seriously take all of those things out, and this one is still special. Perhaps even more so than the previous two Fiesta Bowl wins. Before this season however I would have never even thought that possible. Then, I rushed the field, I heard Harsin speak after winning the MWC Championship game, and it all started to line up. This season really meant everything to this program. And maybe to the outside world this is just another bowl game, another moment Boise State upset the big boys. But when you listened to Bryan Harsin on the mic after winning another Fiesta Bowl, you knew this one was special for a lot of different reasons. This game keeps Boise State relevant yes, it keeps Boise State in the discussions for all those important topics like expansion, and playoffs. But more than that, this was a win by a bunch of guys and coaches who truly “bleed blue”.
After the game was over on TV, I quickly went to my car to listen to the post game show. I am glad I did, because everything I was starting to believe about this game, this win, was solidified when Mike Sanford was interviewed by Bob Behler. The emotion that ran through his words was palpable, his tears of joy noticeable, even on the radio. He stated it made him proud to sing HIS fight song, to represent the school that “made him a man”. It was these words, this emotion, this understanding that very well might have saved a program. These coaches instilled the values that make Boise State special. From day 1, this coaching staff knew that to be a Bronco, you have to work hard, have that blue collar mentality, and earn everything that is presented to you. This is a program that has continued to rise despite all the odds, and this game, this season was no different. That is why this game was so pivotal, why this win matters so much, why these coaches are so important, and why this Fiesta Bowl win is so special.
Congratulations players, coaches, and Bronco Nation! Have a Happy New Year, and enjoy the win!
I am writing you because frankly, I can’t take it anymore… I can’t take the fact that you guys continue to miss the obvious answer sitting in front of you. See, this week Ryan Lindley is starting in Arizona, Austin Davis is starting in St. Louis, Colin Kaepernick starting in San Fransisco, and Connor Shaw is starting in Cleveland! Not to mention the redhead in Cincinnati who makes tons of money for what? I don’t think anybody really knows, but he continues to start as well. All the while a guy named Kellen Moore sits in Detroit probably calling the damn plays for Matthew Stafford and the Lions. I don’t even write this is a joke, I write this because I am tired of the joke you guys continue to play on everybody.
Seriously? What does a guy have to do in the NFL to get a job? I mean, beside the obvious domestic violence case? Maybe that is the problem? Kellen is a good guy who just does his job and doesn’t ask for attention. He is after all probably the most unassuming person in the league. Then again, I know how that plays against him, just ask that tool from Bleacher Report “Matt Miller” about Kellen’s size and arm strength. Seriously, what is that guys problem anyway? Did he get rejected for an autograph or something? Back to the point though, seriously, what does Kellen have to do? He won 50 games in college, lost 3 (By a total of 5 points!)…That doesn’t matter you say? Ok… Well he won a Fiesta Bowl and got invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony… Still nothing I see, ok well this preseason his stat line was, 35-51 – 361 yards – 68% completions – 3 TD’s – 0 int’s – 108.4 rating. You see what I am getting at here? You guys are really starting to piss off Bronco Nation as you continue to ignore an obvious answer to your problems. No Kellen doesn’t have the arm of Jamarcus Russell (See what I did there), or the speed of Michael Vick (Once again really NFL), nor is he as tall as Peyton Manning (Ok, I will give you that one). Kellen is just the unassuming football genius who wins games and does it his own way.
Don’t take my word for it though? Ok, remember that list of Quarterbacks at the beginning of this letter I listed for you? Take Connor Shaw off the list then ask the rest of them about Kellen. Seriously go ahead, do it, you know why? Because they all have something in common, what is that you ask? They got their asses handed to them by…You guessed it, that little unassuming too slow, too weak, too short guy, who is in Detroit. Seriously NFL, get your crap together, this joke is old, we are not laughing, START KELLEN F’N MOORE!
PS: If you still don’t get it, watch this damn highlight, tell me what MORE DO YOU WANT!?
- This idea that Boise State isn’t as good as Bronco teams in the past is frustrating. Even if you agree with the statement, Arizona is not as good as Oklahoma (Big-12 champion), or TCU (Undefeated 12-0 MWC champion), was in the past either. This idea that there is a major talent gap between these teams is lazy narrative and should stop.
- I really can’t wait to see what our coaching staff has in store for this game. In the first Fiesta, we saw a barrage of tricks. In the 2nd Fiesta Bowl, we saw a whole new look defense for TCU. I just get a feeling our staff is going to have something fun planned for us all.
- Saying goodbye to the “J-Train” is not going to be easy, but I can’t think of a better way to do it. The Fiesta Bowl is special to us fans for good reason. I really hope we see a fitting departure for Jay Ajayi.
- I can’t help but wonder who is going to be the star of the game? Is Kamalei going to go off? Is Hedrick going to cap off an incredible comeback season? Or will Jay Ajayi just run his way into the NFL? Somebody is going to have a major impact in this game and I can’t wait to see who it is.
- How will the fans show up? I was lucky enough to attend the last Fiesta Bowl and I was blown away by our fan turnout. We owned the stadium, and it was so much fun to be apart of. I hope this Fiesta Bowl is no different.
- If we win, who will propose? Sounds crazy, but that is our tradition as well. First it was Ian Johnson, then it was Michal Ames, one to a cheerleader, the other to a dancer. If we win, somebody needs to be prepared to step up :-)!
- I wonder if anybody wants to put an over/under on the amount of times the announcers use the words “trick-plays” when talking about Boise State? I guess I will go with 6.5 times?
- I always look at Shane Williams-Rhodes like a stick of dynamite. He is always my X-factor for every game and I can’t help but think he makes a big play in this game. I am actually shocked we haven’t seen him in motion more getting the hand-off for the sweep to the outside.
- Donte Deayon, will he be break gravity again in this game?
- I believe Chaz Anderson in this game will solidify himself as a legit target for future seasons for the Broncos.
- I also believe there will be a moment in this game where we look at McNichols after a play and say, “That guy is our future, no doubt about it”.
- Lastly, I have an anxious feeling about this game, Arizona does pose some problems for Boise State. I really hate facing another 3-5-5 defense and I hope Grant has figured it out by now. But mobile QB’s in a spread system with a defense that has given us trouble, makes me cringe. If we win, I expect, just like the past two Fiesta Bowls for this game to keep fans on the edge of their seats. We are getting close Bronco Nation, buckle up, the ride is about to get fun!