How the game was won: Boise State didn't quit. With 1:09 left in the game, quarterback Kellen Moore threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis for the winner that sucked the life out of the Virginia Tech crowd -- and the Hokies' defense.
Turning point: Virginia Tech linebacker Bruce Taylor -- who had been praised all offseason by defensive coordinator Bud Foster for filling in for injured starter Barquell Rivers -- delivered a costly late hit that gave the Broncos 13 yards and a first down at the Hokies' 13-yard line. Two plays later, the Broncos scored.
Stat of the game: Boise State had 11 penalties for 105 yards. There were plenty of mistakes and turnovers for both teams, but the Broncos' undisciplined penalties were almost their undoing. Almost.
Player of the game: Quarterback Kellen Moore. He kept his Heisman chances alive by engineering the game-winning drive.
Unsung hero of the game: Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He made plays in the clutch and was the answer when the Hokies couldn't get their ground game going.
What it means: Boise State’s national title hopes remain alive, and its chances at a second straight undefeated season look good. Virginia Tech can keep its national title hopes alive if it doesn't lose again, but the Hokies extended their sorry streak against top five teams, dropping to 1-26.