Saturday night was the first home game back on the blue, after what has seemed like an eternal wait. The Broncos didn't disappoint, as they came out with another win, in a convincing (at times) victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. Join me now after the jump as we celebrate the stars and mock the goat of Boise State's win over Tulsa.
Last year, when we lost to Nevada, I had to write my first "losing" Three Stars article since we began this weekly activity. It was difficult to do, and I had a lot to contemplate before putting my thoughts to this keyboard. Saturday night for me, has brought on some stark nostalgia of last year's Three Stars article after the loss to Nevada.
I actually had to hold off on writing until Sunday morning, as I felt I may have said something which Bronco Nation never would have been able to forgive. I slept on my thoughts and feel like I am in a much more healthy state of writing at this moment. Surprisingly, my opinions really haven't changed regarding last night's "victory". They may have tapered down a bit, but overall, my deep feeling of dissatisfaction has not changed. Saturday night may have been the least satisfying victory I have ever been a part of. Join me now as we jump into the stars, and the goat, and let's see if you agree with my radical opinions.
Star No. 3: Tyler Shoemaker, Senior WR
Star No. 2: Kellen Moore, Senior QB
Star No. 1: Jerrell Gavins, Senior CB
The Goat: The 4th Quarter
Every year, I buy season tickets. Yeah, I know - I sit in the NEZ because they're the only tickets I can afford, but I buy them nonetheless. I go to all the games at least three hours early to get close enough to the front of the line that we can end up in the front row of the endzone. For the majority of the game we stand. If the ball is on the near side of the 35 yard line, we are allowed to stand at the fence. If it's beyond that, we can stand, but have to be back from the fence. We yell, a lot. In fact, my pipes weren't ready for this game, and I'm feeling quite a bit of pain today from all the screaming.
I can say that I did more tweeting and sitting during the fourth quarter than I have ever done at a game before. It is so frustrating to watch us work so hard, and put 30+ points on the board through 2 1/2 quarters, only to give it back in the 4th.
Had I written Three Stars last night, Joe Southwick would have been my goat. But after sleeping in my glass cage of emotions, I realized that although Southwick infuriated me last night, it was the entire 4th quarter that had me ready to sell my soul for an ageless Kellen Moore.
Through 3 quarters, Tulsa was held to one touchdown. In the fourth they scored twice more. What was even more upsetting was our inability to move the ball after Kellen left the game. Southwick went 5 for 7, which I know is not as bad as I'm making it out to be; however he had a costly fumble in the redzone, and was basically a non-factor on the field. He rushed 4 times, for -1 yards, and truly has me hoping for an opening schedule change in 2012.
Runner Up for the Goat: CBS College Sports announcers were awful from what I hear. Guess that's just how we roll in the Mountain West.
Am I overreacting? Am I being too hard on Lil' Joe? Anyone else as high on Gavins as I am? Ribbon banners FTW? Sound off, Bronco Nation!