Well, now what do we do? We can blame the kicker (again), we can blame the coaching (heaven forbid), or we can congratulate TCU and the Boys in Blue on Blue (Orange on Blue, whatever MWC) on an exciting game that marks the entrance of Boise State into those hallowed ranks of college football: schools with epic defeats.
The Boise State Broncos have consistently produced against top competition, regardless of conference affiliation. By the same token, they have also consistently produced against the not-so-highest levels of competition. Their (recent) fans have known only the ecstasy of victory, not the heart-rending, gut-punch, agony of defeat. Last year's game against Nevada was the most crushing blow those fans could have conceived. Until this year. Until the Broncos lost on the Blue for the first time in a decade. Yesterday's game marked a coming of age for BSU and the fans. A dawning realization that winning every game, every year, is not normal in college football. That fans must support their team not through thick and thicker, but through thick and thin. The great programs of all time in college football, schools like Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, et al, can hang their hats on some stirring victories and great accomplishments. But equally important, they have crushing losses, mind-numbing, devastatingly close games that went the other way. There are even entire seasons (a la Texas recently) where the wheels fall off. These experiences shake a fan base. But after the loose band-wagoneers rattle off, those somewhat dizzy fans remaining have a bond that unites them with the team, an emotional experience that brings them even closer. No fan chooses to see their team lose, but when it inevitably happens, they can choose their response. I intend to watch BSU win out the rest of this year, reload after the departure of Kellen Moore and company, win a national title at some point (a real one, not the fake one like they give out nowadays), and, years down the road, make sure my grandkids' first words are "Go Broncos."