CHANCE ENCOUNTER

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Back row from left to right: Ryan Foley, C.J. Compher, Michael Gegner, Blake Goodell and Ricky Connors with Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.

"Can we see the governor?"

That was the question a group of Northern Illinois University freshmen presented to the secretary of Idaho governor C.L. "Butch" Otter while touring the state capitol building in Boise today.

Fullbacks C.J. Compher and Ricky Connors, offensive linemen Michael Gegner and Blake Goodell, and defensive lineman Ryan Foley were doing some sight-seeing during their free time on Thursday afternoon and walked over to the capitol building to check it out. During their visit, they walked by Governor Otter's office and decided to stop in.  At the reception desk, they asked, "Can we see the governor?" not really expecting to meet him.

The secretary replied, "Let me see if he's up there."

The five freshmen got more than they bargained for. Not only did Governor Otter, a Boise State graduate, receive them, but he gave the Huskies the red carpet treatment.  He invited them into his office, posed for pictures, asked about the team , the prospects for Saturday's upcoming game and their experience in Boise so far.  He said he would be at the game and even hinted that he would be rooting for the team wearing Red and Black. (Don't tell Fresno State that.)     

In addition to their visit with the governor, the quintet stopped by the State Senate Assembly room where they (with permission) posed for pictures holding the gavel. 

It was an experience those guys will never forget. When Donna Turner and I bumped into them on the street in downtown Boise, they were still raving about the way they were treated.  It was another example of the welcoming hospitality the people of this city have extended to the Huskies throughout their stay here.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery on the blog later tonight for photos taken by Compher.