Big 12: Kyle Efaw

Boise State knocks off A&M in Fiesta Bowl

July, 15, 2011

Texas A&M finally got back to the Fiesta Bowl* in 2011, making the BCS for the first time since a Sugar Bowl loss in the first year of the BCS, 1998.

The Aggies, at 11-1, advanced to play the Fiesta darlings, two-time champion Boise State (11-1), led by quarterback Kellen Moore.

But it was a bitter end to the dream season, which culminated in a 29-23 loss to Boise State in this EA Sports simulation.

Moore got the first crack in, scoring on a 43-yard touchdown to Kyle Efaw (what happened to the secondary, Aggies?) and earning an early lead.

Ryan Tannehill, however, answered with a rainbow down the left sideline to Ryan Swope over the top of the defense, a 61-yard gain vaguely reminiscent of Swope's game-sealing touchdown against Oklahoma, though he didn't score on this one.

Boise held a 15-13 halftime lead, but Texas A&M grabbed a big play when linebacker Sean Porter laid a big hit on Efaw over the middle, forcing a fumble.

Trent Hunter picked it up, but Tannehill threw an interception and it was returned for a touchdown, setting off more Bronco magic at University of Phoenix Stadium, preserving Boise State's perfect record in the BCS.

Moore finished with 340 yards passing and two scores.

Ryan Swope had 147 yards receiving and a touchdown. A&M finished 11-2 to Boise’s 12-1.

*this is real life, obviously

Teaching triangle between Norman, Austin, Boise

March, 19, 2010
Boise State coach Chris Petersen won’t be headed for the beach or the ski slopes for his spring break. He’ll be sticking around on the practice field.

Just not his own.

Petersen said Thursday he’ll head to Norman, Okla. and Eugene, Ore. to get an inside look at how Bob Stoops and Chip Kelly run their practices.

"Bob Stoops has done such a great job at Oklahoma over the years,” Petersen told the Idaho Statesman. “He’s got his formula on success. I just have a bunch of questions. And I want to watch how they practice.”

The last time Petersen and Stoops met on the field was pretty memorable. Another of the decade’s defining moments in the sport probably won’t emerge from this meeting, though it does suggest the absence of any hard feelings on Stoops' end about the 2007 Fiesta Bowl loss.

Last month, Texas coach Mack Brown met with Boise State assistant coaches (Boise coaches’ idea) in hopes of implementing some of those trick plays that have become the Broncos’ signature.

“I want to have more fun,” Brown told reporters before spring practice began. “Chris Petersen and Boise have done the best job with it. I want us to have more innovations.”

Though Petersen’s reputation was sealed in the win over Oklahoma, the Broncos busted out another game-breaking trick play in their win over TCU in the Fiesta Bowl last January. On its own 33-yard line, Boise State ran “Riddler,” a fake punt that set up the game-winning touchdown with a 30-yard pass from punter Kyle Brotzman to Kyle Efaw.