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Kellen Moore's 10 Greatest Performances

Dan VastaSenior Writer IIIDecember 21, 2011

Kellen Moore's 10 Greatest Performances

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    Kellen Moore has had quite the career for the Boise State Broncos and it will officially be set in stone come Thursday night after their Maaco Las Vegas Bowl against Arizona State.

    Though it has been two straight seasons without a BCS bid, the memories will last forever as the winningest quarterback in (FBS) college football can pick up his 50th career victory.

    Moore has ranked among the greatest in terms of production in numerous categories and he made Boise football nationally relevant with all of his thrilling victories that has led to BCS chaos.

    It may be safe to say there will never be a quarterback like this southpaw again, but we should be fortunate that the journey has given us many enjoyable moments.

    Lastly, here are the 10 most memorable performances in Kellen Moore’s illustrious career.

9/6/10: Boise State 33, Virginia Tech 30

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    Stats: 23 of 38 for 215 yards and 3 TDs

    Boise State was coming off an undefeated season and had a chance to prove they were relevant. The Broncos had to knock off Virginia Tech in essentially their own backyard. Kellen Moore and Boise raced out to a quick 17-point lead before eventually squandering it in the third quarter.

    The Hokies had a 30-26 lead with just a few minutes to go and yet Moore led a five-play, 56-yard drive in just 38 seconds!

    Mitch Burroughs had a huge punt return to set things up after the Hokies threw the ball on 3rd-and-8. The junior southpaw then found Austin Pettis in the back of the end zone for the game-winning 13-yard touchdown reception.

    The victory was a historic one for the program since it moved them up to No. 3 in the polls and it was just another one of those games where the Smurfs proved the nation wrong. 

9/20/08: Boise State 37, Oregon 32

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    Stats: 24 of 36 for 386 yards and 3 TDs, 1 INT

    Moore was just a freshman and not many even knew who this kid out of Prosser, WA even was. In just his third career start the Broncos were 10-point underdogs to No. 17 Oregon and the game was in Eugene.

    Boise State did knock out Jeremiah Masoli during the game, but Moore torched the Ducks secondary for nearly 400 yards.

    Jeremy Childs and Vinny Perretta were the main targets, but it was the freshman southpaw quarterback who had his first career virtuoso performance even though the game was not even on national television.

9/3/09: Boise State 19, Oregon 8

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    Stats: 19 of 29 for 197 yards and 1 TD

    This was your classic game Kellen Moore game as though he did not go crazy, he avoided making any mistakes in the passing game (although he did have two lost fumbles).

    His Broncos were actually favored over the high-octane Ducks offense (who ended up playing in Rose Bowl) and looking back on Moore’s historic career, these games are indicative of his career, where he just finds a way to win.

11/26/10: Nevada 34, Boise State 31 (OT)

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    Stats: 20 of 31 for 348 yards and 2 TDs

    Kellen Moore has only lost three games in his career (49-3) and TCU is responsible for two of those.

    However, the 2010 season was lining up perfectly for the Broncos to finally get a shot at the BCS National Championship.

    Nevada proved to the nation that the WAC was no weak conference as Colin Kaepernick accounted for over 300 yards and 2 TDs, but it was the stellar play of Kellen Moore that had kept the Broncos in the ball game.

    Tied at 31, Moore heaved a perfect and magical 54-yard pass right into the diving arms of Titus Young (He's Superman and velcroed it!). Young laid out for the ball and came down with the impossible catch, setting up a 26-yarder for Kyle Brotman.

    However, Brotzman went wide right and eventually wide left in overtime which turned into a disaster for the poor kicker.

    As much as people wanted to lay the blame on Brotzman, the fact is that football is a team game and people seemed to forget that one of the best defenses in the country had allowed 269 yards rushing and 17 fourth-quarter points.

    Still, even in defeat Moore did not pout like a sore loser and instead took the loss on the chin like winners always do. 

9/3/11: Boise State 35, Georgia 21

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    Stats: 28 of 34 for 261 yards and 3 TDs, 1 INT

    Playing in the Georgia Dome is not an easy thing to do (unless you are LSU) and the much beloved/hated Broncos were in unfamiliar territory to start the 2011 season.

    It was in SEC territory where the Dawgs were ready to sic the “Smurf Turfs” and yet Kellen Moore proved the naysayers wrong once again. Moore lit up the UGA pass defense (fourth in pass effiency) that was loaded with stars.

    As always, he took what the defense gave him and picked them apart with amazing precision on nearly every single pass. Redshirt freshman Matt Miller jumped on the national scene by hauling in five passes for a team-high 57 yards and a touchdown.

    The game was really never in doubt once the second half began and it was another virtuoso performance in Moore’s illustrious career (six incomplete passes should not be possible).

9/9/11: Boise State 40, Toledo 15

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    Stats: 32 of 42 for 455 yards and 5 TDs, 1 INT

    610 yards of offense is a ridiculous number that we would struggle to put up in our own video game. Yet, there was Moore dissecting a MAC defense by throwing for 298 yards in the first half!

    The Broncos struggled at times during the first half and they needed every pass that Moore threaded to his teammates. The king of accuracy was a stat machine that Friday night and it was another showcase on national television in which the Broncos flexed their muscles.

10/15/11: Boise State 63, Colorado State 13

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    Stats: 26 of 30 for 338 yards and 4 TDs

    Statistically speaking, this was Moore’s best game of his career. The thrashing over Colorado State had given Kellen his 44th career victory, one shy of Colt McCoy’s previously held record.

    Moore had never thrown 30 passes and has had fewer completions than he did during this game. Despite winning by 50 points, Moore only played three quarters and still hit nine different receivers.

    Boise State had scored 63 points through three quarters and they also looked worthy of their Top 5 ranking in this contest.

9/25/10: Boise State 37, Oregon State 24

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    Stats: 19 of 27 for 288 yards and 3 TDs

    The third-ranked Broncos had to take another BCS challenger as the Beavers came in with quite the hype in 2010.

    The defense held Oregon State to below 250 yards of offense, but Moore alone had more yards. His three touchdown passes to three different receivers (Pettis, Young, Shoemaker) showed the nation how disciplined the junior was.

    The savvy and cool demeanor that Moore has possessed throughout his career could be seen in nearly every single game. This night game, however, was in front of ESPN’s College Gameday and the Broncos did not disappoint.

1/4/10: Boise State 13, TCU 10 (Fiesta Bowl)

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    Stats: 23 of 39 for 211 yards

    The Broncos had their second consecutive regular season going undefeated, but the year prior they had their flawless record smashed by the same TCU squad. Andy Dalton and Kellen Moore went head-to-head in a battle of vastly underrated players and programs.

    Moore did not have a great game in terms of numbers and he was helped by his defense, but his unwillingness to force passes in tight windows kept his team in control for most of the game.

    The three-point victory over TCU gave Moore and Chris Petersen the second victory in the BCS for the winningest program of the 2000s (112-17, 87 Percent).

12/3/11: Boise State 45, New Mexico 0

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    Stats: 28 off 33 for 313 yards and 3 TDs

    It was Kellen Moore’s final home game as a Boise State Bronco and it was senior day where Broncos Stadium got to see him up close and personal for one last time.

    There were over half a dozen games this past season where Moore was taken out of the game after three quarters due to the game being out of reach.

    This game was not just about getting a chance to get to their 12th win for a fourth consecutive season, but it was all about the boatload of seniors who were playing in their final games in front of their hometown crowd.

    We may never see a signal-caller grace the gridiron quite like No. 11 did and he should be able to top off his career with career victory No. 50 over Arizona State in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday night.

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