01 January 2007


Tonight's Fiesta Bowl between Boise State and Oklahoma was the best football game I've ever seen.

Not the best bowl game. Not the best game this season. Not the best college game. The best football game ever. Period.

Consider just from the final couple of minutes or so of the game onward: Oklahoma scores and converts two points to cap their comeback. Jared Zabransky's pass is then intercepted and returned for a go-ahead touchdown. Drisan James and Jerard Rabb perfectly execute a catch-and-lateral on a fourth-and-long play with just seven seconds left to send the game into overtime. Adrian Peterson scores on the first play from scrimmage. Surviving another fourth down play earlier in their overtime drive, Boise State scores a touchdown and elects to go for two rather than continue the overtime.

Finally, on a trick play, Zabransky hands-off to Ian Johnson, who scores to win the game. During his post-game sideline interview, Johnson proposes marriage to his cheerleader girlfriend, who tearfully accepts.

If this were a film, it would be so ridiculously melodramatic that I'd be ashamed to have watched the entire thing. As it is, it's the best football game I've ever seen.


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