I feel awful for Kellen Moore.
How else are you supposed to feel about a guy who has done everything in his power to make the Boise State football team one of the best powerhouses in the country, yet is denied a chance to prove his Broncos are the best team two years in a row.
And he has absolutely nothing to do with it.
Saturday’s 36-35 loss to TCU on their blue turf is a crushing blow that will take a long time to get over. After battling back-and-fourth all game long, Moore put his team in a terrific spot to stay undefeated with the small hope of playing in the national championship game still alive.
Instead, kicker Dan Goodale booted a 39-yard field goal wide right as time expired, and the Broncos dream season instantly turned into a nightmare. The loss ended Boise State’s 35-game winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.
This is a painful sense of déjà vu for Moore, who was forced to witness another kicker-induced loss less than a year ago against Nevada. Kyle Brotzman missed a 26-yard field goal with two seconds left in regulation and another from 29 yards in overtime…they lost by three.
This effective ends Moore’s college career.
His team will get a decent middle of the road bowl game but certainly not a BCS matchup. This also destroys the chances of him winning the Heisman.
It’s all over.
Future Broncos will have the luxury of losing a game or two and still winning the Big East’s automatic qualifying bid. Moore had to be perfect, and with over 13,000 yards and 128 career touchdowns…he almost was.
Yet, this is a team game, and Moore’s let him down. Sure you can argue that they should have never let TCU hang around as long as they did, but you can blame the guy throwing for 320 yards on two touchdowns.
This is college football, where everything isn’t fair. Maybe nobody has been reminded of this as much as the embattled Moore.