The 2008 Boise State football season was filled with one big play after another, en route to an undefeated regular season, WAC Championship and Top 10 national ranking. is excited to present a peak at this year’s Top Plays for fans to read about and watch.


The “Game Changing Play of the Year” is the key play inside of a game that helped lead directly to the outcome or shifted game momentum to the Broncos.  The “Most Dynamic Play of the Year” is a play that was beautifully executed, made you go ooooh!, or just simply had you watching over and over again on the highlight reel.  Below are the top plays in those two categories, and why they impacted the outcome or created a bigger stir in fans.


Game Changing Play of the Year (Click to Watch The Plays):

  • Kellen Moore 73 Yard 3rd Quarter TD Pass to Vinny Perretta at Oregon.

Boise State’s 24-6 halftime lead was closed to 24-13 after a Bronco turnover and Duck score.  With momentum on Oregon’s side, Moore and Perretta silenced Autzen Stadium with a well designed and even better executed 73 yard scoring play, building the Bronco lead back to 18 points.

  • Brandyn Thompson 3rd Quarter Interception and 25 Yard Return vs. Hawaii.

Hawaii trailed just 10-7 and on offense to start the second half, when the Bronco defense forced the key turnover of the game.  Linebacker Derrell Acrey supplied the quarterback pressure and Brandyn Thompson made the interception.  The Broncos turned the interception into a touchdown, going on to outscore Hawaii 17-0 in the second half.

  • Ellis Powers Sack, Forced Fumble and 45 Yard 3rd Quarter TD at Idaho.

Boise State used its aggressive defense to pull away in the third quarter against arch-rival Idaho.  Safety Ellis Powers not only sacked Vandal quarterback Nathan Enderle, but stripped him of the ball, alertly picked up the fumble and ran 45 yards to the end zone as the Broncos opened a 31-10 lead.

  • Austin Pettis 4th Quarter Diving TD Reception at Nevada, putting the Broncos up 38-24.

Just when the Broncos appeared to be cruising on the road at Nevada, leading 24-3 at halftime, the Wolf Pack scored 21 third quarter points to trail just 31-24 in the fourth quarter.  Austin Pettis provided a sigh of relief, with a clutch diving catch in the end zone on a fade route from Kellen Moore, pushing the Bronco lead back to two touchdowns.  It proved to be the difference maker in a 41-34 victory.

  • Kyle Wilson 3rd Quarter 90 Yard Punt Return TD vs. Fresno State for a 27-10 Bronco lead.

Wilson’s third punt return touchdown of the season busted open a tight game with Fresno State in Boise State’s season finale.  The fourth longest return in Bronco history highlighted a 28 point third quarter, turning a 10-7 halftime game into a 61-10 runaway victory.  Wilson took the booming punt at his own 10, sidestepped a Fresno State defender and sprinted through a gaping hole that led to the sideline and touchdown pay dirt.


Most Dynamic Play of the Year (Click To Watch The Plays):

  • Jeron Johnson Big Hit on Idaho State QB.

Russell Hill, meet Jeron Johnson.  It was an introduction that produced oohs and aahs from the sold-out Bronco Stadium crowd, and took Hill several minutes to shake off.  On a third down passing play, Hill scrambled from the pocket and was hit head-on by a charging Johnson, setting the tone for a season in which Johnson made his presence felt with punishing hits in nearly every game.

  • Fourth Down Fake Fumble Pass from Kellen Moore to Kyle Efaw at Oregon.

Gutsy.  Perfectly Executed.  Showing No Fear.  All phrases to sum up the fourth down call that helped the Broncos shock Autzen Stadium with a 24-6 halftime lead.  Facing fourth and one at the Oregon 37 yard line, Kellen Moore took the snap and faked a fumble, sucking in the Oregon defense.  Tight End Kyle Efaw released from the line and Moore hit him for a 34 yard gain down to the three yard line, setting up a touchdown two plays later.

  • Kellen Moore to Vinny Perretta back to Moore Double Pass 44 Yard TD to Chris O'Neill vs. Louisiana Tech.

Boise State reached into its back of tricks to open a two touchdown advantage in the WAC opener against Louisiana Tech.  On the first play of the second quarter, Kellen Moore threw a screen pass to Vinny Perretta, who promptly wheeled back around and fired the ball back to Moore.  Tight End Chris O’Neill was left wide open on the misdirection play, and Moore completed the double pass for the 44 yard scoring play.

  • Jeremy Avery Reception with spin and power run for 4th Quarter third down conversion at San Jose State.

Sophomore tailback Jeremy Avery showed off all his playmaking tools on one play midway through the fourth quarter in the key conference showdown at San Jose State.  On third and 10 and clinging to a seven point lead, Avery took a short pass from Kellen Moore, made a spin move to elude one tackler, used his speed to pick up four yards and then used raw power to run over another Spartan defender to push past the first down line.  The crucial conversion led to a field goal, pushing the Bronco lead to 26-16. 

  • Tanyon Bissell to Jeremy Childs Halfback 57 Yard TD Pass vs. Utah State.

Few touchdown receptions get any easier than Jeremy Childs 57 yarder from fellow wide receiver Tanyon Bissell.  In this case, Bissell (a former high school quarterback) actually took a lateral from Kellen Moore, selling the run before tossing a perfect strike to a wide open Childs who easily raced in 30 yards for the score.

  • Ian Johnson 66 yard 3rd Quarter TD run at Nevada.

It was vintage Ian Johnson, as Boise State’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns did what he does best, find the end zone.  Johnson found a small crease in the line, bounced through, shed two tacklers and then outraced another Nevada defender for a 66 yard third quarter score.  Johnson’s big run pushed the Bronco lead to 31-10 and helped stem Wolf Pack momentum that had been generated by an interception return for touchdown just a few plays earlier.

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