Kyle Brotzman. The poor guy! He was called on to the make the game winning field goal with 2 seconds left in the 4th quarter.
He pushed the kick wide right, sending the game to OT.
Nevada won the toss and decided to play defense first. Kellen Moore had a pass dropped by Titus Young in the end zone. Boise then ran the ball for a loss of 2 yards. On 3rd and 12, another TD pass was dropped by Titus Young, after being tipped by a defender.
With no choice but to put at least some points on the board, Boise State went right back to Brotzman. This time, he pulled the kick left and missed again!
Nevada conservatively ran the ball 3 times and freshman kicker Anthony Martinez drilled the kick to seal the deal and the Wolf Pack spoiled Boise State’s national championship dreams.
More than that, it’s very likely it’s ruined Boise’s chances of playing in a BCS bowl game at all.
The way the automatic bid for a non-aq team works is this, a non-aq team must finish in the top 12 BCS rankings and finish higher than an automatic bid conference champion. If they meet these criteria, they get an automatic BCS berth.
No non-AQ has ever received an invite to play in a BCS bowl with a loss on their schedule. If Boise gets an at-large bid, they will be the first.
Because Nevada was ranked #19, Boise quite possibly will fall below 10th place.
Also hurting their chances for an at-large bid is TCU.
The Horned Frogs have finished their second consecutive regular season undefeated and will clinch the non-aq auto bid for the BCS this season.