Bob Stoops and Chris Petersen relive the 2007 Boise State-OU game

Bob Stoops and Chris Petersen relive the 2007 Boise State-OU game

‘Conversations with Coach’: Bob Stoops’ former Fox colleague and nemesis in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl Chris Petersen joins the latest episode to share the influences on a career that made him a two-time national coach of the year and details from his Boise State’ team’s stunning 43-42 win over OU.

Mike Sherman

By Mike Sherman

| Sep 27, 2023, 4:35pm CDT

Mike Sherman

By Mike Sherman

Sep 27, 2023, 4:35pm CDT

 In this episode of “Conversations With Coach,” former Boise State and Washington coach Chris Peterson joins Bob Stoops to discuss the influences on his career, which included twice being named national coach of the year, and tales from Boise State’s stunning 43-42 victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

  • (1:30) Stoops and Petersen discuss Boise State’s “Statue of Liberty” play to win the game, which was suggested by two of Petersen’s quarterbacks.
  • (3:30) Petersen shares the coaches who influenced his career, including his Cal-Davis head coaches Jim Sochor and Bob Foster, and how they changed his mind about becoming a football coach.
  • (6:15) Stoops and Petersen discuss the impact of assistant coaches and the imprint they leave on players. Stoops: “None of us have ever done it alone.”
  • (7:00) They discuss how to make college football better. “Can we just start with some rules?” Petersen asks. “If they are out there, nobody is playing by them.”
  • (8:15) When the subject turns to name, image, likeness rules in college athletics, Petersen tells the story of Ian Johnson, a hero of Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl win over OU, who used to crochet Boise blue and orange beanies and wanted to sell them.
  • (10:00) Stoops laments how leaders in college athletics didn’t get ahead of NIL 10 years ago. Said Petersen, “When there’s that much money and no real strong leadership at the top, we all know bad things are going to happen.”

Producers: Jacquelyn Musgrove, Kris Murray

Creative Director: Michael Lane

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Mike Sherman is the director of content for Sellout Crowd. He spent the majority of his 39 years in journalism at The Oklahoman, first as a sportswriter and then as the sports editor. His staff routinely produced award-winning coverage of the Sooners, Cowboys, Thunder, high school sports and major events. Mike is a past president of the Associated Press Sports Editors. His career includes tenures as the sports editor with the Tampa Bay Times and Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch, an assistant city editor with The Tennessean in Nashville and a reporter for the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pa. More recently, he spent three years as executive editor for Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit investigative news organization in Oklahoma City. Mike and his wife, Cathleen, live in Edmond, Oklahoma, where they raised four children. Email Mike at mikesherman@selloutcrowd. Follow him at @MikeSherman on X/Twitter.

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