By Brian Murphy
2:10 p.m. — Another flaw in the argument against Boise State: College football fans want to watch this team.
ESPN averages a 6.8 overnight for Boise St win over Virginia Tech; highest rated Labor Day night game since 1990, according to ESPN spokesman Mike Humes.
Here's more information on the television ratings, including this nugget: The the most-viewed college football game ever on ESPN -- USC/Ohio State last September -- drew a not-much-higher 7.2 overnight.
2:00 p.m. — In the wake of Boise State’s thrilling 33-30 victory against then-No. 10 Virginia Tech on Monday night, praise for the Broncos is pouring in from all over the country.
From South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier:
“Boise State last night, I heard the announcer say that over the last five years or something they’ve been ranked 75th in recruiting, so that tells you that recruiting is important but it’s not everything. You’ve got to give great admiration to Boise’s guys. They play football year-round there. They love lifting weights. They take their sport very seriously and that’s why they’re damn good. Give Boise, their coaches, their players the credit for their commitment they’ve had there. And that’s how you do it. You don’t always be a big state university that has all the facilities. You can do it the way they do it. Give those guys credit."
(Thanks to friend of the blog, Charleston Post and Courier beat writer and Top 25 voter Travis Haney (@GamecocksBlog) for the above quote)
From ESPN.com’s Pat Forde, the self-appointed driver of the Broncos bandwagon bus:
“Now it's time for The Establishment to acknowledge the Broncos, after their steely rally for the winning score in a thrilling 33-30 victory over the Hokies on Monday night. Time for The Establishment to realize that Chris Petersen (4) is one of the five best coaches in America -- and spell the last name right, please. Time for The Establishment to slow down the puzzling fixation with cannon-armed Jake Locker (5) -- last seen leading Washington to 17 points in a loss at BYU -- and embrace the coolness, brains and accuracy of the physically unimpressive Kellen Moore (6) -- last seen playing Joe Montana in the two-minute drill on the road against a top-10 opponent.”
Read the entire Dash here.
From the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, which named the Broncos as its National Team of the Week.
From voters in the AP poll, where the Broncos gained seven first-place votes, and the coaches, who moved the Broncos up from No. 5 to No. 3. View the polls.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen insists his team will not be swept away by the praise and feel-good stories. Or by the fact that the Broncos are THE story in college football.
"We live in such a cocoon anyway. We don't even know that for the most part. We'll go back and our guys will go be in class tomorrow. They'll be there by 10:00. They'll come in and watch the tape and the coaches will go recruiting and we'll go practice again. I don't think they are going to be distracted by it. I think we've got enough maturity around here. I think they understand if they pay attention to that, we'll get beat."
Moore, Brotzman named WAC players of the week
From Boise State:
Boise State University quarterback Kellen Moore and kicker/punter Kyle Brotzman have been named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Players of the Week following the Broncos 33-30 win over Virginia Tech (Sept. 6).
Moore won the offensive award after throwing three touchdown passes, including one with 1:09 remaining in the game to give Boise State its final margin of victory. Moore completed 23 of 38 passes for 215 yards and no interceptions. Trailing 30-26, Moore led the Broncos to a score in the final minutes by completing four of five passes for 56 yards and the winning 13-yard pass to Austin Pettis.
Brotzman made two of three field goals and punted twice for a 45.0-yard average. He made a 47-yard field goal late in the second quarter, which was the longest field goal by a WAC player this past weekend. He also added a 52-yard punt late in the fourth quarter that backed Virginia Tech up to their own seven-yard line.
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