RENO, Nev. (AP) — For two years, Boise State won every time it took the field. The Broncos had to, if they wanted to be considered a serious team that could one day possibly compete for the BCS title.
When the inevitable loss came, it hurt in more ways than the Broncos could count.
No national title game. No BCS bowl. No grudging respect from the big boys in the big conferences.