Tag:Boise State
Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:00 pm

At the half, Boise's lead suddenly precarious

Posted by Adam Jacobi

After one half of action, we might actually have a ballgame. Boise State leads 20-14, but considering the way the second quarter transpired, the Hokies must be encouraged about their chances of completing the comeback.

Boise State has looked like the better team throughout the first half, mainly because Virginia Tech looked terrible in the first quarter. A botched snap led to a Broncos field goal. A blocked punt led to a Broncos touchdown. Then, multiple penalties on the same play turned a Boise punt from their 48 to a BSU first down on the Virginia Tech 32--that would lead to another Boise State TD. All in the first quarter. Of course, credit must go to Boise State for converting on these opportunities, but it's Virginia Tech's startling ineptitude that led to those opportunities in the first place.

The second quarter featured markedly better play from Virginia Tech, though the Hokies would miss a field goal after making first and goal. They found the end zone twice, both on nice plays by All-ACC tailback Ryan Williams. Moreover, the second quarter featured mistakes by Boise State: the Hokies' second touchdown was set up by a lost fumble by Doug Martin, and the Broncos avoided total disaster when their half-ending punt--a mystifying decision in and of itself--was only partially blocked.  

As for the second half, if Boise State keeps playing more disciplined football than the Virginia Tech, they'll probably win. Kellen Moore has looked good in the first half, and Tyrod Taylor hasn't done much on the ground. If the Hokies maintain their composure and commit fewer mistakes, though, it's anybody's ballgame.

Posted on: September 6, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 9:41 pm

Boise State leading Virginia Tech 20-14

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE 9:29 PM ET: Things looked bleak for the Hokies after a missed field goal.  But after recovering a Broncos fumble, Taylor found Ryan Williams wide open from 12 yards out for a touchdown to make this a ball game.  Boise State 20, Virginia Tech 14 0:57 2Q.  

UPDATE 9:04 PM ET: Tyrod Taylor connected with Jarrett Boykin for a 34 yard pass that put the Hokies down at the 1 yard line before Ryan Williams punched in the first score of the game for Virginia Tech.  Interesting note from the Twitter world, Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer has never overcome a deficit of larger than 15.  Boise State 17, Virginia Tech 7 11:44 2Q.  

Virginia Tech has always been known for their ability to change a game with their play on special teams and defense.  Early in the first quarter of their primetime showdown with No. 3 Boise State, the Hokies got their own dose of "Beamer Ball."

Boise State was able to capitalize on a Tyrod Taylor fumble and turn it into a field goal for the first score of the game.  After the next Virginia Tech drive stalled at three and out, the Austin Pettis blocked Brian Saunders' punt and the Broncos recovered at the Virginia Tech 12 yard line.  Broncos' QB Kellen Moore connected with Pettis on second down to extend the lead to ten.

The special teams concerns continued for Virginia Tech.  With less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter, Virginia Tech was flagged for running into the punter on fourth down after holding the Broncos out of field goal range.  Kellen Moore then connected with senior tight end Tommy Gallarda from five yards out.  Gallarda made an unbelievable one handed catch before falling out of bounds that we will likely be seeing for a long time.

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 6:25 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 6:55 pm

FedEx Field sold out for Boise St.-Virginia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

We are almost done with the first weekend of college football, and you have to be pretty pleased with what you've seen.  We've had blowouts, upsets, close games, and one heck of a hail mary.  But arguably the most anticipated game was held for Monday night. 

With the NFL taking the night off before the season, Boise State and Virginia Tech will get the primetime treatment on national television for the first matchup of the season between two top ten teams.  

The game will be on the supposedly "neutral" FedExField, the home of the Washington Redskins.  But being just a short drive away from Blacksburg, VA and across the country from Boise, the game will be far from neutral.  In fact, it was announced Monday the game is a sellout.

"This match-up will highlight two college football powerhouses, and it is one of the most important out of conference games for each school as they compete to reach the National Championship game this year," Redskins Chief Marketing Officer Mitch Gershman said.

  "Tonight's sold out game is a tremendous financial success for the colleges, and a full house always guarantees an exciting football experience for the fans.  We look forward to bringing more high profile college football match-ups to FedExField in the coming years," Gershman said.

These early season non-conference games between elite teams has given a lot of meaning to a weekend that historically is mostly filled with blowouts by teams who have scheduled a cupcake to start the season.

These games are also great for the programs, raising status in the eyes of recruits and giving the team a chance to prove themselves on the national stage.  Oh yeah, revenue generated for the program doesn't hurt either. 

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 5:30 pm

How Nike's new Pro Combat uni's help recruiting

Posted by Chip Patterson

Sure.  There is ton about Nike's new Pro Combat gear that makes perfect sense for the elite athlete.  It's light weight, it's durable, and thanks to new technologies a Nike Pro Combat uniform soaking wet is supposedly still lighter than a normal dry uniform.  

On Wednesday, Nike revealed the newest line of Pro Combat uniforms in college football.  The line will begin with ten schools, with the motto: "Ten Storied Programs, Ten Game-Changing Uniforms."

The ten schools to debut the uniforms in 2010 will be TCU, Alabama, Miami, West Virginia, Boise State, Oregon State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Virginia Tech.

Nike Uniforms

But all the technology aside, let's get down to it: this is all about fashion, and fashion is just another tool in recruiting.

Face it, these jerseys are cool.  They look sleek, yet many of them (particularly Florida and Ohio State) have a throwback feel.  They utilize the "alternate colors" that have become so popular these days.  They are the kinds of jerseys that the players want to wear.

They are the kinds of jerseys that high school players want to wear too.  These are the programs that will be on nationally televised games, in front of millions of eyes.  Thousands of those eyes are the best high school football players in the nation, and those impressionable teenagers are absolutely going to think these new jerseys are cool.  

Which jersey is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments below.  Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing Virginia Tech bust out these new black uniforms on Monday against Boise State. (Photo Credits: Virginia Tech, Nike)

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