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The Greatest Moments in Boise State History

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#5. The 1980 I-AA Championship

Down 29-24 to Eastern Kentucky in the I-AA championship game and facing a fourth down and less than 0:10 to play from the Colonel 14, quarterback Joe Aliotti rolled right and threw back across the field to a wide-open Duane Dlouhy in the end zone to give the Broncos a 31-29 win and the national championship.

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#4. The 2004 Season

Sophomore Jared Zabransky threw for three TDs and ran for another to lead Boise State to a 53-34 win over visiting Oregon State, giving the Broncos their first-ever win over a Pac-10 school. The triumph avenged a loss to the Beavers a year earlier and extended BSU’s winning streak to 13 games, a string they would eventually push to 22.

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#3. The Virginia Tech Win

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Eight months later, with the nation still not convinced of Boise State’s prowess, despite the Fiesta win, the Broncos traveled across the country to whip Virginia Tech in northern Virginia, 33-30. Kellen Moore’s third TD pass of the game, a 13-yarder to Austin Pettis with 1:09 left, secured the victory and further established BSU as a national power.

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#2. The 2010 Fiesta Bowl Win

Tied 10-10 with Texas Christian in the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl and facing a fourth-and-nine from its own 33, Boise State got tricky again. Punter Kyle Brotzman threw a 30-yard pass to tight end Kyle Efaw on a play called “The Riddler,” prolonging a drive that ultimately ended in Doug Martin’s two-yard TD run in a 17-10 victory.

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#1. The Game

After years of modest success, the Broncos earned a Fiesta Bowl berth and upset heavily favored Oklahoma. Trailing 35-28 with less than a minute left, the Broncos used a hook-and-lateral play to earn the tying touchdown. After spotting the Sooners a TD in overtime, BSU pulled within one and then shocked everyone by lining up for a two-point conversion. Quarterback Jared Zabransky faked a pass and hands the ball to Ian Johnson on the Statue of Liberty play. Johnson waltzed into the end zone to give Boise State a 43-42 win and then proposed to his girlfriend, a BSU cheerleader.

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