David Slays Goliath Again & Cinderella Made an Appearance … Boise State Shocks OU in Fiesta Bowl and the BCS


2007 Fiesta Bowl … Its why they play the game and why a college playoff system is needed BSU_rabb_275to NCAA Football, Division 1A.

The Boise State – Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl was just another example of “truth being stranger than fiction.” You can’t make this stuff up and if Hollywood tried, we all would have laughed. This game truly had a fairy tale ending in so many ways. The only question is who will be making the movie reenactment as no one will be making fun of the BSU “smurf turf” ever again.

“David drew a stone from his bag and used his sling to send it flying into the giant’s head”

Who needs the movies “Miracle,” “Hoosiers” or “Rudy” when you could have watched last nights Fiesta Bowl matching mighty Oklahoma University vs. upstart mid-major and undefeated Boise State from the WAC. If you did not watch this game, you missed one of the greatest college football bowl games ever, let alone what has to be the greatest ending to a college football game in the history of the NCAA. This morning David and Cinderella are both wearing a Boise State football jersey.

There had been much discussion prior to the Fiesta Bowl whether an un-defeated Boise CinderelaState should be allowed in a BCS Bowl game. Could a mid-major hang with the big dogs. The answer was yes. Not only could they hang with one of college footballs better college programs, at one point BSU had a 28–10 lead. Then the wheels started to come off Cinderella’s carriage.

After Boise State went down 7 with a little over a minute to go in the game following an interception return it appeared as if midnight had finally struck. Instead, what happened next was one of the most amazing happenings I have ever seen in all of sports. The little team that could staged a come back that will be talked about forever. Then came a fourth down and 18 play for the ages …

a 50-yard hook-and-lateral pass from Zabransky to Drisan James to Jerard Rabb — a combination that will be the Tinker to Evers to Chance of Boise State lore for the next century or so. Rabb crossed the goal line with all of seven seconds left to play, saving the Broncos from what seemed to be imminent defeat.  (See video)

The Fiesta Bowl then goes into overtime. BSU then goes behind again as OU’s Adrian Peterson went untouched 25 yards for a TD making the score 42–35, OU. Then came yet another miracle from the play-book of BSU coach Chris Petersen.

Harsin went to the trick bag again. Zabransky went in motion to the left. Perretta, at quarterback, took the shotgun snap and rolled right, then lofted a lovely spiral toward the right corner of the end zone. Tight end Derek Schouman cradled it for the touchdown.

But that only made the score 42-41, which left Petersen with a decision: play for the tie or go all-in. Win or lose, in a single play.

Then came the college football play of the year. With BSU’s team pretty much running on BSU_johnsonvapors, it was time to end it right here and now. A decision that took an unbelievable amount of guts. However, when one plays to win, not to lose … good things do happen. What happened next was a “statute of Liberty” play for the ages. (Video seen here, or click on the picture to the right for the play of the year in college football.)

Zabransky took the snap and feigned a throw in the right flat to Boise’s three-man bunch formation. As the Sooners flew in that direction, Zabransky calmly stuck the ball behind his back with his left hand — a twist on the conventional handoff he’d convinced Harsin would work earlier in the season.

Johnson then crisply reversed course, circled behind Zabransky and lifted the ball from his grasp. Virtually unimpeded by a bamboozled defense, the nation’s touchdown leader crossed the goal line one final time in this dream season.


Do you think it ends there? Not a chance. The Boise State running back, Ian Johnson, who scored the game winning 2 point conversion then races to the sidelines to complete the fairy tale. Johnson finds his girl friend, BSU cheerleader Chrissy Popadics, and proposes to her on national TV. Thankfully she said yes.

You just can’t make this stuff up. Check out this time line of events, it pretty much sums it up perfectly, Stream of Consciousness Notes: Fiesta Bowl .


Posted January 2, 2007 by
Bizarre, Sports | 16 comments

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    16 Responses to “David Slays Goliath Again & Cinderella Made an Appearance … Boise State Shocks OU in Fiesta Bowl and the BCS”

    1. Scared Monkeys on January 2nd, 2007 4:24 pm

      OK, did anyone watch this game?


    2. windy city on January 2nd, 2007 4:29 pm

      I fell asleep at the start of the 4th. I’m so pi**ed! I bet it will be an instant ESPN classic! Go Broncos! If Florida beats the Buckeyes in a terrible game marred by turnovers and bad play 6-3, I say crown Boise St co-champions! We can all dream!

    3. MOLLY on January 2nd, 2007 4:43 pm

      that was the best game in my lifetime…Oklahoma thought
      they would stomp a little team….Well boise did em in.


      SM:   YEP, it was the best of all the collage games yesterday.   The best game from beginning to end, very exciting and I was so happy for Boise.   (klaasend)

    4. Scared Monkeys on January 2nd, 2007 4:45 pm

      The Boise State Broncos is a modern Day “Rocky” story.

      At first I thought BSU was going to take OU to the woodshed as they were up 28-10. Then it got interesting.

      It should be on ESPN Classic … this game was the football version of the Classic Duke/Kentucky miracle finish.

      Although I do not remember Laetner proposing to anyone folowing the last second winning shot, lol.


    5. windy city on January 2nd, 2007 4:52 pm

      Red, It’s too bad they most likely will never get a title shot playing in the WAC. Maybe they should switch to the Pac 10. I guess then it will be the Pac 11! Lets hope the young man’s marriage lasts as long as this wonderful memory!

    6. Lou on January 2nd, 2007 9:14 pm

      It was a great game. Windy city, Florida will never beat Ohio State. I think the score will be OSU 34 – florida 10.

    7. yoyo muffintop on January 2nd, 2007 9:59 pm

      I saw every second of the game. USC-Texas game last year WAS the best I’d ever seen. BSU-OU was a game I’ll be talking about when I’m 80, it was that special. When they did the “hook & ladder” to tie it, the explosion of the crowd was unreal.

      What’d think of the stadium? Roof should’ve been open though. They will be replacing the grass if need be for the OSU-FL game.

    8. Lou on January 2nd, 2007 10:44 pm

      muffin, Best game ever is when OSU won the national champship against Miami in Double OT.

    9. University Update on January 3rd, 2007 12:04 am

      David Slays Goliath Again & Cinderella Made an Appearance … Boise ……

    10. Scared Monkeys on January 3rd, 2007 12:59 am


      That was a great game even if Miami did get hosed on a really bad call. I am far from a Hurricane fan, but they were jobbed.

      The only thing that made the BSU/OU game different was that no one expected BSU to win and the unbelievable bag of trick and well executed plays were amazing.

      However, before BSU went to their bag of tricks … they stood toe to toe and out muscled the big boys.

    11. tim rife on January 3rd, 2007 9:04 am

      It was like one of those pictures of Jesus on an old rusty soybean bin. I saw it but but I didn’t believe my eyes. I say just give BSU the world title and forget OSU and Florida. Can’t ever recall a more inspiring game. — Nebraska fan.

    12. Scared Monkeys on January 3rd, 2007 11:11 am

      In a day and age where college athletes are arrested and booted from universities from brawls, to alcohol to drugs to shooting and rapes … this game brought out the best in what college sports is all about.

      Every so often … there is one for the ages.

      BSU was just unbelievable.


    13. Big Lou on January 3rd, 2007 11:55 am

      BSU was a 7 point underdog.
      OSU was a 17 point underdog.

    14. windy city on January 3rd, 2007 4:37 pm

      I think it’s safe to assume that lou’s a Buckeye fan. Good luck to your team lou!

    15. yoyo muffintop on January 3rd, 2007 10:35 pm

      Big Lou
      BSU, brought in 8mill for the football program ly
      OU – brougt in 35mill for the football program ly
      most prepared I’ve seen a team for a bowl game in a long time

      and osu was an 11.5 pt dog (in my top 5)

      tidbit you might like – a colleague served OSU brats for lunch today for charity. They ate all 500 brats (yes that’s right 500) and Troy Smith has a body guard.
      Go OSU

    16. toni howard on January 3rd, 2007 10:50 pm


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