Friday, December 23, 2011

Kellen Moore: The End of an Era

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And so the Kellen Moore era in college football is over.

Moore played his last game last night for the Boise State Broncos in the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl, a 56-24 victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils. Moore leaves Boise State as the winningest quarterback in Division 1-A (FBS) history with an astonishing 50-3 record. Two of the 3 losses (2008, 2011) were to another powerhouse "mid-major", the TCU Horned Frogs, both losses by 1 point. The other loss was another heart-breaker to a very good Nevada team in 2010, 34-31. In other words, Moore and the Broncos came within a whisker of going 53-0 in his 4 years.

Here are the Broncos records in the 4 seasons Moore was at the helm:
  • 2011 - 12-1 (WON Las Vegas Bowl vs. Arizona State, 56-24)
  • 2010 - 12-1 (WON Las Vegas Bowl vs. Utah, 26-3)
  • 2009 - 14-0 (WON Fiesta Bowl vs. TCU, 17-10)
  • 2008 - 12-1 (LOST Poinsettia Bowl vs. TCU, 17-16)
In his article before last night's Maaco Las Vegas Bowl, Yahoo Sports! writer Pat Forde wrote: He’s the winningest quarterback in FBS history, going for victory No. 50 in this game. The only thing separating him and the rest of the Broncos from three consecutive unbeaten seasons – from 40-0 – is bad kicking. Two botched short field goals by Kyle Brotzman led to an overtime loss to Nevada last season, and a missed 39-yard field goal by Dan Goodale on the final play of the game led to a one-point loss to TCU this season. Goodale’s miss might be the only thing keeping Boise from the mid-major Holy Grail: a berth in the BCS championship game against LSU.
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During Moore's career, Boise State (a so-called mid-major) won the following games against some of college football's powerhouse programs--
  • Sept. 3, 2011 - at #22 Georgia (W 35-21)
  • Jan. 4, 2011 - vs. #3 TCU (W 17-10) [Fiesta Bowl]
  • Sept. 25, 2010 - vs. Oregon State (W 37-24)
  • Sept. 6, 2010 - at #6 Virginia Tech (W 33-30)
  • Sept. 3, 2009 - vs. #14 Oregon (W 19-8)
  • Sept. 20, 2008 - at #12 Oregon (W 37-32) 

And let's face it, the only reason why the Broncos haven't won more games against other Power-6 conference teams is because nobody wants any part of them. All the major programs know that accepting an invitation to play Boise State means a strong possibility of a loss and nobody wants to put a dent on their national title hopes.

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But if anything, during Moore's career, Boise State became a household name and put to rest the notion of a "mid-major". GOOD LUCK in your next endeavor, Kellen.

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