Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images
Kellen Moore's first start: Idaho State at Boise state in Bronco Stadium
Joe Southwick's first start: Boise State at Michigan State in East Lansing
When you you compare these two games, you quickly realize you can't. Michigan State is a far superior opponent to the Idaho State Bengals.
However, Kellen Moore did face a similar type of defense his first year as a starter.
It came at the end of the season in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego. The opponent was TCU.
Let's look at side-by-side stats comparing that game to Southwick's Michigan State game.
Kellen Moore went 22/35 for 222 yards and one interception against TCU in a neutral site game. Southwick, on the other hand, went 15/31 for 169 yards and one interception.
Moore, of course, was a redshirt freshman while Southwick is a redshirt junior. However, Moore had 12 starts under his belt while the Michigan State game was Southwick's first.
The Broncos lost to TCU 17-16 with Moore as the starter in a game that the Broncos could have won. Boise State lost to Michigan State 17-13 with Joe Southwick leading the way, but it was also a game that the Broncos could have won.
TCU out gained the Broncos in total yardage, 472 to 250, in 2008. In 2012 Michigan State out gained the Broncos 461 yards to 206.
When you break down these two games you realize that there is a lot they have in common: ranked opponents, very good defenses and extremely limited production running the ball for Boise State.
In the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl the Broncos gained only 28 yards rushing, while against Michigan State this season they had only 39 yards on the ground.