Excellent article about the '01 Fresno game


I've always contested that our road to domination began in Fresno in 2001. It was that game that resurrected my fandom after 8 years out of the Treasure Valley. For years, I've referred to the atrocious hit on Gilligan as "The Cheap Shot Heard Round The World" because it was the turning point in a game that would eventually change the face of college football. This article echoes that sentiment and details the events leading up to the game with great quotes from Hawk, Dinwiddie, and Pat Hill, including this gem: "We lost 80 games in 15 years, and 50 were to Boise or Power 5 teams," Hill says. "That’ll go down on my tombstone, Boise. I hear about Boise all the time." There's another great anecdote from Hawk about how David Carr didn't know who he was. I know The Athletic is a paid subscription, but they seriously have the best writing and in-depth coverage and analysis. Excellent article!

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