Through all the nervous heartbeats and nail biting, the Broncos recorded their third ever win in a true road game against a power 5 program, and their second in as many years. They also move to 3-0 on the season.
With that in mind, BroncoCountry would like to recognize a few key plays, players and other such entities.
This one was easier to pick than the winner of a Vandal football game.
When the end result was still very much in doubt, McWeapon was repeatedly handed the rock, and seized control. He picked up tough yardage and looked for contact, which he bounced off and exploded for additional yardage on numerous occasions.
Oh, and he single-handedly destroyed the Oregon State defense. He racked up a career-high 208 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries (a whopping 7.42 yards per rush), and added four receptions for 20 yards and another score. In contrast, the Beavers had 287 total yards for the entire game.
McNichols was the best player on the field for the Broncos on Saturday and once again established himself as one of the nation's premiere players.
DL David Moa
This one easily could have gone to LB Tanner Vallejo as his absence was noticeable in the second half. But, much like our offensive MVP, when all the chips were down on the table, Moa stepped up and made plays.
The redshirt sophomore defensive tackle registered five total tackles, including 2.5 sacks that always seemed to come at crucial moments.
His biggest play came early in the fourth quarter when the Broncos were struggling to close the game out. He sacked Oregon State QB Conor Blount on first and 10, putting the Beavers behind the chains. Moa's emergence on what was a mainly unknown defensive line coming into the season is a good sign for later games. But the future is now, and the big San Diego native made his mark against the Beavers Saturday afternoon.
Tie between McNichols' 70-yard TD run and Darren Lee's "strip-6"
McNichols' fourth touchdown of the game came late in the first half. He bounced outside to his left, escaped a tackler and got a huge block from WR Chaz Anderson that sprung him free. The touchdown put the Broncos up huge heading into the locker room and is yet another iconic play from the junior running back.
Lee picked the perfect time for Boise State's first turnover of the game. With the Beavers holding all the momentum in the final minutes of the game and the Broncos' lead a meager 14 points, Lee stripped receiver Seth Collins and took it 19 yards for the score. It put the game all but out of reach for OSU, and lowered the blood pressure of Bronco fans everywhere.
KR/WR Victor Bolden Jr
He had a hand in OSU's first and last touchdowns via his speed and slipperiness on special teams. He returned Boise State's first kick 59 yards, and its last 99 yards, that for a score.
Hat tip to Mr. Bolden. Well done, sir.
Also considered: QB Conor Blount, RB Ryan Nall
Biggest cringe-worthy moment(s):
All the injuries.
The injury bug took its toll on Saturday. Time will tell how serious they are.
Also considered: QB Brett Rypien's sudden "shakiness"
Worst (or best, depending on which side you're on) referee:
The one who threw a perfect block to spring Bolden for his late-game kick return touchdown. DB Ray Ford had a great angle to make the stop, but the official had other ideas.
Also considered: Whichever referee missed the blatant facemask penalty on Rypien on a third down play late in the game
Top commentator comment:
FS1 play-by-play guy Tim Brando on Darren Lee's "strip-6."
"And Lee... with grand larceny!"
Also considered: Brando exclaiming, "Jeremy McNichols again! Look out! McNichols is taking this game over! Taking it over!"