Final: #25 San José State 34, Boise State 20
No reason for a play-by-play here...the Broncos were just not the better team today in Las Vegas and fell to the surprise darling San José Spartan team in their fourth straight title appearance (ours, not theirs...it was their first). Boise State couldn’t get the offense going early or really ever in this one as San José bottled up the BSU run game (missing George Holani) and didn’t allow many big plays through the air either. Along the way, Boise State lost Khalil Shakir (one of the only offensive weapons), got yet another punt return TD from Avery Williams to give the Broncos some hope, but the hope was dashed when the Spartans answered the bell late. The defense played with a ton of heart, holding the Spartans to just one TD in the first half (but several FGs), but tired noticeably in the second half since the offense didn’t allow them any breathers.
It’s the Spartans first ever MWC championship in their first appearance...but don’t call it a fluke. This Spartans team played their tails off and had some legitimate studs on both sides of the ball. Would this game have gone differently if the Broncos weren’t down so many key players? Perhaps...but frankly, just weathering this crazy season relatively unscathed was a feat in and of itself. Hats off to a very game Spartan team with a definite “team of destiny” feel. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to derail those type of special seasons—Broncos should know this well.
Anyway, here’s your stats recap. Sorry about not getting the gamethread up...but seriously...it would have been NSFW.