IT'S SAFE to say that more than a few folks on the San Jose State campus were snug in their beds when the Spartan Stadium gates opened at 8 a.m. for last Saturday's game against Boise State. Eager for any kind of TV exposure, the two WAC teams agreed to move up their 2:02 p.m. PDT kickoff five hours, to 9:02 a.m. (believed to be the earliest start ever for a Division I-A game) to accommodate ESPN2. Still rubbing the sleep from their eyes, the unbeaten Broncos, 31-point favorites, needed two overtimes to defeat the Spartans 56-49. Despite the close call, Boise State--riding the longest D-I winning streak in the country, at 20 games--climbed one spot in the BCS standings, to ninth.
Official attendance at the game was 28,867, but the crowd appeared to be a fraction of that. Still, those who were up for the game were really up for it. As tailgater Rick Perez, sipping a rum and cola, told the San Jose Mercury News, "It's 12 o'clock somewhere."