Favorite fan quote while in Corvallis:
"Have fun playing in the Humanitarian Bowl for the 3rd straight year..."
2004: Liberty bowl
2003: Ft. Worth Bowl
2002: Humanitarian Bowl
All in all Corvallis was a real decent experience. The drive from Boise isn't all that bad, maybe a little over 7 hours to see a pretty cool football town. Plenty of tailgaiting before the game and in the 2nd quarter (Never have seen so many fans cooking hotdogs with 7 minutes left in the half...) and mostly decent fans.
Although I was in the BSU section, the game itself wasn't real loud up until the 4th quarter when Z led us to victory on that last minute scoring drive. Err, forgot we didn't have any time outs left. Though we didn't win and Zabransky honestly appears to have very, very, very little confidence, there was a few things to be happy about:
1. The heavy hail and rain lasted just long enough to make me sopping wet, but not soaking wet.
2. Ian Johnson played very well, with a little over 70 yards on only 10 carries. (Another plus is that he emailed me and said the Beanie he knitted is ready for pick up.)
3. Mike Hass proved that highschool recruiting can mean absolutely nothing, (Not even lowly BSU offered him) finishing the game with 11 catches for 179 yards. 5 Star recruits? Who needs 'em!
One thing that surprised me after the game was that most fans weren't gracious after the game so much as just plain old quiet. On the 8 hour walk back to free parking I did encounter a few fans and one I spoke with said "Man, I know how you feel. Last year we went all the way to Boise and it was much, much worse." After talking for a bit it turns out last year they made the very, very long drive to Bronco Stadium all the way from...Meridian, ID. Don't kid yourself guys, that's a solid 15, maybe 20 minute drive. Regardless they were friendly and seemed well intentioned with recommending an alternate route for the drive back. He said I could save 2 and a half hours and have a much nicer drive. A little bit of a stretch timewise, all together I might have saved 10 minutes, but six or seven bucks in gas.