Texas A&M finally got back to the Fiesta Bowl* in 2011, making the BCS for the first time since a Sugar Bowl loss in the first year of the BCS, 1998.
The Aggies, at 11-1, advanced to play the Fiesta darlings, two-time champion Boise State (11-1), led by quarterback Kellen Moore.
But it was a bitter end to the dream season, which culminated in a 29-23 loss to Boise State in this EA Sports simulation.
Moore got the first crack in, scoring on a 43-yard touchdown to Kyle Efaw (what happened to the secondary, Aggies?) and earning an early lead.
Ryan Tannehill, however, answered with a rainbow down the left sideline to Ryan Swope over the top of the defense, a 61-yard gain vaguely reminiscent of Swope's game-sealing touchdown against Oklahoma, though he didn't score on this one.
Boise held a 15-13 halftime lead, but Texas A&M grabbed a big play when linebacker Sean Porter laid a big hit on Efaw over the middle, forcing a fumble.
Trent Hunter picked it up, but Tannehill threw an interception and it was returned for a touchdown, setting off more Bronco magic at University of Phoenix Stadium, preserving Boise State's perfect record in the BCS.
Moore finished with 340 yards passing and two scores.
Ryan Swope had 147 yards receiving and a touchdown. A&M finished 11-2 to Boise’s 12-1.
*this is real life, obviously