I had a sinking feeling last night when my Dish network recording of the Boise State-Oklahoma Fiesta Bowl ended with three minutes to go in regulation. Like an idiot, I’d forgotten to extend the “stop” time past the scheduled game end.
That feeling only got worse. On the evening news I saw some highlights of what I’d missed. And heard the KATU sports gal rave about what a great game it was.
Then, this morning I got the newspaper. “Overtime thriller,” “wild finish,” and “one of the most dramatic finishes in BCS history” leapt out at me from the AP Fiesta Bowl story.
Just to drive myself even deeper into despair, I got on the Internet and read an Instant Analysis of the game.
Decades from now, the first BCS bowl game ever broadcast by the FOX television network will likely remain the best. In the immediate aftermath of a breathtaking event, only one thing can be said: the 2007 Fiesta Bowl could be the greatest game in college football's 138-year history.Great. And I missed the crucial moments of it.
The good news is that partial videos of the game are available online now. Fox Sports has highlights of every quarter, including overtime. Wanting more, I went through the trouble of signing up for iTunes (yeah, I’m one of the last people in the country who doesn’t own an Ipod).
But after finding and purchasing a complete iTunes video of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, I belatedly realized that (1) only the pre-game player interviews are available for download now and (2) even those were going to suck up a good share of my satellite Internet bandwidth for the month.
So I’m going to wait for a 20-minute short cut of every Fiesta Bowl play to become available. It’s worth $1.99 to me to be able to say that I saw all the plays of the greatest game in college history (though I’m sure this claim is open to debate).
There’s also YouTube, naturally. In 2:33 you can see highlights of the final moments of the fourth quarter and the astounding overtime. Or just click below. Enjoy.
Even if you saw the game, the sleight of hand by Broncos quarterback Jared Zabransky (a Hermiston, Oregon native) on the Statue of Liberty play that won for Boise State is worth watching over and over.