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THE GREATEST BRONCO GAMES OF ALL TIME: PART ONE

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Yes, it’s another top list. Sort of.

NCAA Football: Hawaii at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it’s been over a week without sports. Understandable, as we prefer people stay alive, but also a bit sad. But, in the immortal words of Jesse Ventura, we “ain’t got time to bleed”. With that phrase in mind, the OBNUG staff endeavored to pick their favorite games from memory.

The only rules?

  1. No Fiesta Bowls (too obvious)
  2. It must be awesome

This will be a short series, with each member of the staff picking a game from the past, and writing a bit about why it was awesome. With that in mind, here’s our first entry:

RYAN’S PICK: 2004 HAWAII GAME

Watch the game here! (shout-out to Mark the Bronco!)

Back in 2004, I was already a dyed-in-the-wool Bronco fan, attending as many games as I could with my dad. However, that summer I’d picked up my first “real” job at McDonalds, and as (bad) luck would have it, I was scheduled to work the night of this game.

The good news was I was stationed in the drive-thru cashier spot, so I could catch the radio coverage in between orders. The bad news was there were a lot of orders that night. As the game wore on, I got panicked, as every time I went back to wash dishes and catch the radio, it seemed Paul J was announcing another touchdown, and it was too fast; clearly, we were in a shootout.

Once I got home and checked ESPN on our desktop, I was shocked to find a different game had played out.

I remember being nervous coming into the game, despite BSU being ranked and Hawaii being a .500 team. They were an offensive explosion waiting to happen; we were good but susceptible to letting other teams hang around. Timmy Chang was coming in chasing the NCAA yardage record, and our hopes and dreams were on the line.

If you ask most people what the goriest splattering of an opponent by the Broncos has been, most will recount the 2014 Poinsettia Bowl, or maybe 2013 Southern Miss, or one of the repeated spankings of Idaho State. All of them have merit on some level, but taking down an offensive powerhouse like Hawaii 69-3 is just next-level carnage.

Hawaii took their opening possession down the field with a workmanlike drive that ended in a field goal. After that, Dan Hawkins did his best Gandhi impression. The offense scored, the defense scored, Hawaii had all of two drives last longer than 3 plays, and Jared Zabransky ripped off an 85-yard touchdown run.

For one panicked night in the McDonald’s drive-thru, Boise State scored so much that I thought they were losing. And that was the greatest* BSU game of all time.

*non-Fiesta