Boise State has never been a program to shy away from digging deep in its playbook when the situation calls for it. Clearly, Saturday's game at Oregon State was deemed one of those situations.
The Broncos ran a bevy of trick plays in the first quarter against the Beavers, including one very familiar to the college football world: the Statue of Liberty play.
Boise St(atue of Liberty) pic.twitter.com/RMSb1tGcL4— Stephen Nelson (@Stephen__Nelson) September 24, 2016
Yes, the Broncos brought back the play synonymous with their program for their masterful usage on the game-winning two-point conversion against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Quarterback Brett Rypien faked a screen pass to his right, then held the ball behind his back for Jeremy McNichols to snag and run to the left with. With the help of some strong blocking and great footwork, McNichols carried it 16 yards to the 5-yard line, and he scored a touchdown a play later.
That playcall was just the beginning, as the Broncos ran an incredible three successful trick plays in the opening period.
On just the second play from scrimmage, they ran a nifty reverse, with receiver Akilian Butler taking a pitch from McNichols and carrying it 28 yards.
*Puts on Run DMC*— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 24, 2016
"It's Tricky Tricky Tricky Tricky..." pic.twitter.com/B3KPUDEv41
They then called for a double pass later in the quarter, as receiver Cedrick Wilson caught a backwards screen pass and then threw it ahead for a good gain.
Let's take a look back at WR (and former QB!) Cedrick Wilson tossing a DART to Alec Dhaenens for a gain of 23 in the first quarter pic.twitter.com/mm1o0O61qo— Boise State Football (@BroncoSportsFB) September 24, 2016
All these years later, and Boise State still remains one of the most fun teams to watch on the big stage.