Glendale, Ariz. — For Boise State sophomore linebacker Kyle Gingg, the Fiesta Bowl was bittersweet. Gingg fractured his right ankle on the game's third play from scrimmage and was forced to watch the game from the sidelines.
Gingg was on crutches during the team's post-game celebration. He shared hugs with teammates, but his disappointment at missing much of the game was obvious from the look on his face.
Sophomore David Shields replaced Gingg in the lineup. Shields had five tackles.
Cornerback Kyle Wilson led the Broncos with 10 tackles, all solo.
Sophomore Bozikovich starts in place of Ellis
Boise State sophomore defensive tackle Joe Bozikovich started for the second straight game. He played the first quarter of the season finale against Nevada because senior starter Dennis Ellis was suspended for a quarter.
Sophomore Phillip Edwards also played in the first quarter. He started the first two games this season.
Ellis came into Monday's game in the second quarter.
Gulbis tosses coin, BSU wins and defers
LPGA Tour star Natalie Gulbis handled the coin-toss duties. Boise State, as the visiting team, called tails and won. The Broncos deferred their choice until the second half, giving the Sooners the ball.
Horses dominate team entrances
A BSU rodeo club member, Vanessa Lootens of Homedale, led the Broncos on horseback onto the field for Monday's game. It was believed to be the first such entrance for the Broncos.
The Sooners were led onto the field by the Sooner Schooner as usual. The mascot is a covered wagon pulled by two miniature Shetland ponies.
Broncos return home today
Boise State's team charter leaves Arizona at 1:30 p.m. today and should be back on campus by 4 p.m. Many of the players will fly directly home instead.
BSU doesn't sell 300 bowl tickets
Boise State still had about 300 tickets available Monday. The school announced a sellout of its Fiesta Bowl tickets in mid-December, then discovered it had several hundred left.
By then, most folks had found other ways to purchase tickets.
Boise State sold some tickets in Arizona.
Broncos break first-quarter funk
Boise State led 14-7 after the first quarter. The Broncos had not led at the end of the first quarter in any of their previous four bowls, getting outscored 38-17.
The Broncos had changed some of their bowl practices to address that problem — adding more plays where starters faced starters.
Chris Petersen cheery before kickoff
Boise State coach Chris Petersen was smiling and laughing on the Broncos' sideline before the team took the field. He also seemed relaxed during his pregame interview with Fox.
"We're going to leave it all out on the field here tonight," Petersen said.