The Broncos, trailing by 14 points, (the largest margin of the season), with lots of time left before the half, faced that moment.

They turned to 2 players, one the star QB.. and the other, the 4th string RB. You could almost hear the papers shuffle as the ESPN Broadcast team searched for #22's name as he outsprinted the TCU secondary..">
The Broncos, trailing by 14 points, (the largest margin of the season), with lots of time left before the half, faced that moment.

They turned to 2 players, one the star QB.. and the other, the 4th string RB. You could almost hear the papers shuffle as the ESPN Broadcast team searched for #22's name as he outsprinted the TCU secondary..">

Broncos win inaugural Fort Worth Bowl

In the film Tin Cup, Kevin Costner's character proclaims, "When the defining moment comes along, you define the moment or the moment defines you."<br><br>The Broncos, trailing by 14 points, (the largest margin of the season), with lots of time left before the half, faced that moment.<br><br>They turned to 2 players, one the star QB.. and the other, the 4th string RB. You could almost hear the papers shuffle as the ESPN Broadcast team searched for #22's name as he outsprinted the TCU secondary..

RD celebrates after throwing a TD to Bronco RB Jeff Carpenter.

Ryan Dinwiddie celebrates a 2nd Q TD.  (AP)

"Who is Jeff Carpenter?" You could almost hear the entire listening audience ask this question after that crucial 54 yard pass reception and sprint for a TD. Bronco fans have come to expect nothing less from this team. Jeff Carpenter is the 4th string RB, a walk-on from Kuna, ID. Not recruited by any D1 teams out of HS. Too small a school, too slow a player, too small for D1, too plain... how could he have an impact on a game dominated by recruits from Football Mecca's like Texas and California??

This is how the Boise State Broncos have climbed to #16, and how they will climb higher at the end of the Season after winning the inaugural Fort Worth Bowl 34-31 in front of over 38,000 mainly TCU fans on Tuesday night..  Jeff Carpenter's TD pass from Ryan Dinwiddie (seen celebrating the pass on the left) is an appropriate epitome of the entire 2003 Bronco season.  A pass from a QB not tall enough for the BCS schools, caught by a RB not flashy enough for most any school, that goes for a TD in the most critical drive of the night.  They don't look like superstars, but they produce like them.

Derek Schouman catches the game winner (AP)

It could almost be a fairy tale but for one fact.. somebody had to lose.  On a night when TCU coached, played, and fought the Broncos to an even standstill, calling the Horned Frogs, 'the losers' just doesn't fit.  In fact, if you were to compare the stats, TCU was by far the dominant team.  By the end of the game, the stats were closer, but TCU dominated the line of scrimmage, running on the  Broncos for the tune of 282 yards.  They out gained the Broncos overall by 61 yards, and won the ball control battle by nearly 11 minutes, (35:55 to 25:05). 

But in the end, Boise State, led by Ryan Dinwiddie, David Mikell, TJ Acree, Andy Avalos, Wes Nurse, Gabe Franklin, and a host of other Blue Collar Bronco players would not be denied.  Dinwiddie finished the night with 323 yards passing, 3 TD's and 2 Int's.  Mikell had 101 yards rushing, (most of that coming via a 75 yard scamper 6 minutes before the half that tied up the game.).  Acree (The ESPN player of the game) finished with a career high 8 catches for 150 yards and 1 TD.  Avalos and Nurse combined on numerous tackles, and put a hurting on TCU QB Brandon Hassell, (but not before he ripped the Bronco defense for 110 yards on 19 carries), and Gabe had a very timely INT and numerous open field tackles.

In all, the Broncos won this game in the same fashion they won all of their school record tying 13 wins.. with a total team effort.  Bronco fans around the world celebrated on Tuesday night as the Broncos extended their ESPN win streak to 9 games.  Even former University of Idaho student body president, Governor Dirk Kempthorne congratulated the Broncos for brining "prestige and respect" to the State of Idaho. 

Prestige and respect.. a nice byline for the seniors that graduate with the most wins in Boise State history.


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