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September 3, 2011 Kellen Moore picks apart Georgia
Boise State QB Kellen Moore:
No. 5 Boise State 35 vs. No. 19 Georgia 21 at the Georgia Dome
Kellen Moore is now 39-2, on his march to become the starting quarterback with the most wins in NCAA history (currently Colt McCoy's 45). Last year's efficiency leader looked good again against Georgia, picking the Bulldogs apart. After a few series, it never seemed like Georgia found an answer to Kellen Moore's methodical precision.
Unless the unthinkable happens—college football chaos ensues and Boise State plays for a National Championship, I don't think Kellen Moore can win the Heisman. He probably deserves it though, and barring injury he should get a return invite to New York for the ceremony.
A lot was made of now NFL receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis being gone. Another top target, Geraldo Boldewijn could not make the trip to Georgia. It did not matter. Kellen Moore completed passes to nine receivers (5 WRs, 2 TEs, 2 RBs) with apparent ease, sometimes changing plays at the line of scrimmage to take advantage of coverage. He was never sacked and showed his characteristic knack for slipping around the rush. He made one mistake when the rush was in his face, leading to an interception. Otherwise, it was a banner night for the senior. It needed to be, since with TCU's loss to Baylor, this was probably Kellen Moore's biggest game until bowl time to make a good impression.
The stats: 28/34 passing for 261 yards, three touchdowns and one interception
The game marked Boise State's first victory over an SEC team. It also marked Kellen Moore's 100th touchdown pass, completed to redshirt freshman WR Matt Miller. Miller emerged as a new target and had the most receiving yards of the night for the Broncos, pulling in five catches for 57 yards and one touchdown.
Next Up: A bye week, and then Boise State @ Toledo, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011
Toledo beat FCS opponent New Hampshire 58-22 this week and went 8-5 last year. The next two weeks should be tough for the Rockets. Before they take on the Broncos they have a little cross-state jaunt to Ohio State University. The Broncos will be pulling for the Strength of Schedule miracle of a Toledo victory, but I don't give the Rockets much of a chance against the Buckeyes or the Broncos.
Heisman Candidacy Change? Up (but perhaps not enough, though nearly perfect)