Scores
FIESTA BOWL AT GLENDALE AZ

Final/OT

Boise State 43

(13-0, 8-0 MW)

Oklahoma 42

(11-3, 8-1 Big 12)

8:30 PM ET, January 1, 2007

University of Phoenix Stadium, GLENDALE, AZ

1 2 3 4 OT T
BSU 14 7 7 7 843
OKLA 7 3 7 18 742

Top Performers

Passing: J. Zabransky (BSU) - 262 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Peterson (OKLA) - 20 CAR, 77 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: D. James (BSU) - 3 REC, 96 YDS, 2 TD

Instant classic: Boise State's trick plays repel OU's miraculous rally

GLENDALE, Ariz. (ESPN.com news services) -- Boise State proved it belonged in the BCS and started another lively college football debate.

Cinderella meets Lady Liberty
Pat Forde
At the end of a game unlike any college football has ever witnessed, two of the great female icons in American culture staged a harmonic, hypnotic, borderline hallucinogenic convergence.

Boise State introduced Cinderella to Lady Liberty.

A head-to-toe, shining-beacon-to-glass-slipper miracle ensued.

• For more of Pat Forde's analysis, click here.

The ninth-ranked Broncos completed a perfect season with an exhilarating 43-42 overtime victory over No. 7 Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Monday night, leaving Boise State and top-ranked Ohio State as the only teams with perfect records.

The Buckeyes will play No. 2 Florida for the BCS national championship on the same field Jan. 8, but the Broncos (13-0) believe they belong in that game.

And why not? Boise State showed plenty of heart and resilience in edging the Sooners (11-3) in one of the more amazing games in recent memory.

"We went 13-0 and beat everyone on our schedule," said quarterback Jared Zabransky, selected the offensive MVP after completing 19 of 29 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns. "We deserve a chance at the national title."

The Sooners endorse the Broncos.

"They should be up there playing for a national championship -- 12-0, finish the season 13-0 -- and hopefully they get some more looks in the future," linebacker Zach Latimer said. "At least a chance. That's all you ask for is a chance. You never know what can happen."

If the Fiesta Bowl was any indication, it would certainly be fun to watch.

In one of the most dramatic finishes in BCS history, the Sooners and the Broncos combined for 22 points in the final 86 seconds of regulation.

Boise State blew an 18-point lead midway through the third quarter, then twice rallied from seven-point deficits.

"Yeah, another day at the office, huh?" said Boise State coach Chris Petersen, who remains undefeated as a head coach.

The Broncos appeared to be finished when Oklahoma cornerback Marcus Walker intercepted Zabransky's pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown to put the Sooners ahead 35-28 with 1:02 remaining.

"It would have been easy to give up on us with a minute left, but we had a lot of magic left," Zabransky said.

The magic came on a stunning 50-yard "hook-and-ladder" touchdown play on fourth-and-18 in the final seconds of regulation. Zabransky hit Drisan James at Oklahoma's 35, and James pitched the ball to Jerard Rabb, who raced into the end zone with 7 seconds to play.

Zabransky said the Broncos practice that play almost every day in practice but that it rarely works against the Boise State defense, which usually knows when it's coming.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners were looking for a trick play. But he said the Broncos ran this one to perfection.

"I want to give them credit because I thought they executed it in a really good way," Stoops said. "It's just the circumstances, the way it happened. They hit it perfect."

That play merely set the stage for more Broncos magic.

Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson opened the overtime with a 25-yard touchdown run. It may have been the final college play for Peterson, who ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns in his first game since breaking his left collarbone Oct. 14.

The Broncos answered with Vinny Perretta's fourth-down touchdown pass to Derek Schouman. With Boise State down by a point, Petersen decided to go for the victory.

On the decisive play, Zabransky looked at three wide receivers to his right, then, with his best Statue of Liberty impression, handed the ball behind his back to tailback Ian Johnson, who raced untouched into the end zone.

"We were trying to get to it earlier, to tell you the truth," Petersen said. "We needed a play like that to get it over with."

Moments after Johnson ended the game, he asked his girlfriend, Broncos cheerleader Chrissy Popadics, to marry him.

"There was no better time," Johnson said.

Johnson carried 23 times for 101 yards and a touchdown, and Drisan James caught three passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Oklahoma's Paul Thompson threw a career-high three interceptions. He completed 19 of 32 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns.

The wild finish came after Boise State dominated the first 40 minutes, making it clear that the Western Athletic Conference champion deserved a BCS berth.

Oklahoma didn't go quietly. The Sooners spotted the Broncos an 18-point lead midway through the third quarter, then rallied to take a 35-28 lead on Walker's interception.

That came one play after the Sooners tied it at 28. They Sooners cut it to 28-26 on a 5-yard pass from Paul Thompson to Quentin Chaney with 1:26 to play. After penalties on their first two 2-point conversion tries, the Sooners converted when Thompson hit Juaquin Iglesias.

Thompson completed five passes for 59 yards on the tying drive and also ran for 8 yards.

The Broncos stunned the Sooners with two quick touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

The first came on a 49-yard touchdown pass from Zabransky to James, a Phoenix product. Zabransky froze the defense with a play-fake to Johnson, then fired to James, who was all alone 10 yards behind cornerback Marcus Walker.

On the next series, defensive end Mike T. Williams sacked Sooners quarterback Paul Thompson, who fumbled. Williams recovered at Oklahoma's 9.

Two plays later, Johnson scored from 2 yards out to give the Broncos a 14-0 lead with 7:28 left in the first quarter.

The Sooners cut the lead to 14-10 before Zabransky and James connected again shortly before the half. But the best was yet to come.

"It could be argued as the best game ever," Zabransky said.

And it could be argued that Boise State was in the wrong BCS game.

"I think we went out and proved the nation wrong," said Boise State safety Marty Tadman, who had two interceptions, one of which he returned 27 yards for a touchdown. "I'm tired of people doubting us."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BSU
OKLA
1st Downs1623
Total Yards377407
Passing267233
Rushing110174
Penalties8-636-35
3rd Down Conversions4-142-10
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers34
Possession26:4833:12

Passing Leaders

Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Perretta1/155.010-
Zabransk...19/292629.031-
OklahomaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Thompson19/322337.323-

Rushing Leaders

Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson231014.4116
Zabransky980.9016
OklahomaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Peterson20773.9225
Patrick11615.5030

Receiving Leaders

Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Schouman8729.0136
Rabb47919.8118
OklahomaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Iglesias612020.0032
Johnson6579.5117

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBSUOKLA
TD9:06DRISAN JAMES 49 YD PASS FROM JARED ZABRANSKY (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 71 yards.
70
TD7:28IAN JOHNSON 2 YD RUN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 9 yards.
140
TD0:26MANUEL JOHNSON 8 YD PASS FROM PAUL THOMPSON (GARRETT HARTLEY KICK)
Drive info: 14 plays, 82 yards.
147
SECOND QUARTERBSUOKLA
FG5:38GARRETT HARTLEY 31 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 38 yards.
1410
TD0:33DRISAN JAMES 32 YD PASS FROM JARED ZABRANSKY (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 65 yards.
2110
THIRD QUARTERBSUOKLA
TD8:05MARTY TADMAN 27 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)2810
TD4:29ADRIAN PETERSON 8 YD RUN (GARRETT HARTLEY KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 11 yards.
2817
FOURTH QUARTERBSUOKLA
FG14:57GARRETT HARTLEY 28 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 50 yards.
2820
TD1:26QUENTIN CHANEY 5 YD PASS FROM PAUL THOMPSON (JUAQUIN IGLESIAS 2PT PASS FROM PAUL THOMPSON)
Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yards.
2828
TD1:02MARCUS WALKER 33 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (GARRETT HARTLEY KICK)2835
TD0:07JERARD RABB 35 YD PASS FROM JARED ZABRANSKY (ANTHONY MONTGOMERY KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 78 yards.
3535
OVERTIMEBSUOKLA
TD0:00ADRIAN PETERSON 25 YD RUN (GARRETT HARTLEY KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 25 yards.
3542
TD0:00DEREK SCHOUMAN 5 YD PASS FROM VINNY PERRETTA (IAN JOHNSON 2PT RUSH)
Drive info: 7 plays, 25 yards.
4342