Normally I would sit down and write about the “5 Keys” to the game, Boise State vs (insert opponent here). But this week, there is just no need. Not that New Mexico can’t beat Boise State, anything can happen… Just ask Fresno, (sorry had to do it). But tonight it is more about the 16 seniors who play their last game at home. No, this season did not go the way we had all hoped it would. But tonight, none of that matters. What matters tonight is that these men who dedicated their blood, sweat, tears, and lives to Boise State get to leave the way they came to the Blue. With excitement, celebration, and of course a win. This team has a chance to to end the season with another undefeated season on “The Blue”, a shot at another bowl game, and who knows if Wyoming pulls off the upset maybe a shot at the Mountain West Championship. No, this team did not compete for a BCS bowl this year. But if they can can protect “The Blue” one more time, and enter a bowl game things really aren’t that bad.
For each person, this class will present different memories. For myself, I have a couple that come to mind. First, I think of Kellen to Kirby, Moore to Moore, not a particular play, but just how much fun it was to watch those two play together when they did. It is a rare thing when you get to see family play together in college football. Even rarer, when those two players end up meaning so much to your program. For Kirby, I am sure it was and is not easy being Kellen’s “little” brother. But together, they forged a path that will likely never be recreated. Kirby was a part of the Fiesta Bowl, he had 4 catches that game, and for his career he has never had a season with less than 20 catches.
The Second memory that comes to mind is Gabe Linehan and his flexing of tattoos in Moscow. Gabe has had somewhat of a injury plagued, silent statistical career while at Boise State. However, few have been louder with their looks and energy when they put on the blue uniform. And when he played Idaho (a team his family is heavily connected to) he let that energy show in 2010. He had one 1 catch for 21 yards that also went for a touchdown. In that game he made his famous gesture showing off his “Wild One” tattoo which pays tribute to his father and former Vandal, Ron Linehan. Whether it was pre-game warmups where you can see Gabe headbanging in the huddle, or up in Moscow scoring a big touchdown. Gabe’s energy will always be something I remember.
With that, I leave you with this. There are no need for 5 Keys this week because in the end the Bronco’s should win easily. These seniors have one last chance at home to protect their sacred home-field. And no matter how you feel about this season as a whole, that is something pretty special. I hope if you read this, you have a chance to think back to your favorite memories with this group of seniors. GO BRONCOS! BLEED BLUE!
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