First and foremost, what a game! Say what you want about Boise State and the WAC, but the Broncos are a good football team. This was a great game for college football. Here are some post game thoughts…
1) Boise State just made one more play
These two teams were very evenly matched. Both had great moments. Both suffered from mistakes. In the end, Boise just made one more play than Virginia Tech. There are elitists out there who believe Boise was going to be pummeled by Tech and that they don’t belong among college football’s elite. However, Boise proved, once again, that they can play with anybody, anytime, anywhere.
2) Boise State is a contender
Again, say what you want about Boise and the WAC, but Chris Peterson has put together an amazing coaching staff and group of players. If they can get past Oregon State and not lay any eggs for the rest of the season, you can fully expect the boys from Boise to be play in the national championship game.
3) Virginia Tech is just as good
On paper, a loss to Boise State might get you an eye roll or two, but Virginia Tech has nothing to be ashamed of with a loss tonight. Sure, it’s disappointing if you’re a Hokie fan, but it could have been worse. You could be Ole Miss. Boise is a great team, but so is Virginia Tech. If they played the way they did tonight, expect the Hokies to make a run at the ACC title game.
4) Boise did the things they needed to do to win. Virginia Tech did not.
The Broncos shut down Ryan Williams and Darren Evans. They kept Tyrod Taylor in check (as much as anyone can keep him in check). They didn’t turn the ball over and played solid defense. It’s very simple: Boise did the things they needed to do to win the football game.
Virginia Tech struggled on special teams with a blocked punt and missed field goal. They didn’t run the ball effectively and Taylor was on the run most of the night. They failed to dominate the offensive and defensive lines overall and never established a rhythm on offense.
Bottom line: both teams are worthy of praise. This is exactly the kind of game for which college football fans were hoping. Rather than spending so much thinking about who deserves what, let’s spend more time relishing in the great opening matchup that was Boise State and Virginia Tech.