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Boise State cruises; man-crush on Kellen Moore increases dramatically

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It wasn’t the prettiest or the most convincing win we had seen from Boise State this season, but the Broncos’ 26-3 victory over Utah was further proof that Chris Petersen‘s team, when firing on all cylinders, can compete with anybody in the country.

Utah did a great job of keeping Boise’s high-powered offense in check for the first quarter, but once running back Doug Martin broke off an 84-yard touchdown run, Kellen Moore and company were a completely different team, snapping the Utes’ 9-game bowl win streak. You could argue that, with 4 turnovers and a couple of dropped touchdown passes, Boise State was their own biggest competition.

Speaking of Moore, that guy is cool like the other side of the pillow.

Yeah, we know it was Cam Newton‘s year and Andrew Luck has the better pro size, but judging by what Moore did tonight, he has to be considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. What Moore lacks in height and arm strength, he more than makes up for with a high football I.Q., accuracy and great decision making.

Seriously. That three-play, 54-yard touchdown drive to end the first half had me screaming like this girl on American Idol.

Clearly, the pro game is a different beast than college, and no one is going to draft Moore in the first round; I just think there’s a place in an NFL franchise for him — and, yes, cue the “Yeah, on the bench!” remarks to follow.

Moore is only a junior, and despite what happens with the NFL lockout situation, it’s likely he’ll be back for his senior season. That’s a good thing, too. Moore is simply fun to watch.

And those are the kind of players you just have to sit back and enjoy.

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24 Responses to “Boise State cruises; man-crush on Kellen Moore increases dramatically”
  1. pandebailey says: Dec 23, 2010 1:09 AM

    So if Boise can beat Utah without their QB…..they suddenly can “compete with anybody in the country”? Where do you get that?

    Utah lost by 28-3 to the mediocre Irish when they HAD their starting QB, worse to TCU, then edged SD State. So how does them losing to Boise say anything? I watched the game and saw two pretty good teams, playing sloppy, missing tackles, coverages and dropping passes. But neither would make the top 3-4 in any major conference – no way.

    What is it with this dying urge to put Boise up in the Top 10 when they clearly aren’t there yet? They are a nice little team that does okay with just two big games a year. But teams that are only ready for two big games a year finish 6-6 in the big conferences.

  2. chuckpit says: Dec 23, 2010 1:10 AM

    Except for the “man crush” part (which sounds pretty sick & freaky) I agree that he is the best football brain in college football.

  3. chuckpit says: Dec 23, 2010 1:12 AM

    I think “pandebailey” is a jealous Idaho Vandal fan!

  4. lucky5927 says: Dec 23, 2010 7:38 AM

    Pandebailey,

    Hands down they would win the Big East this year AND the ACC. Two BCS Conferences that, although not the best in the nation, would still qualify as a major conference. Secondly, its hard to compare a midseason win and a bowl win due to the amount of time of preparation. Yes, Boise State looked sloppy last night. They clearly weren’t into a game that they never should have been in, in the first place. That scenario happens every year! Boise State would hang with all but 3-4 teams in the nation.

  5. frank booth says: Dec 23, 2010 7:53 AM

    lucky5927 says:
    Dec 23, 2010 7:38 AM
    Pandebailey,

    Hands down they would win the Big East this year AND the ACC. Two BCS Conferences that, although not the best in the nation, would still qualify as a major conference. Secondly, its hard to compare a midseason win and a bowl win due to the amount of time of preparation. Yes, Boise State looked sloppy last night. They clearly weren’t into a game that they never should have been in, in the first place. That scenario happens every year! Boise State would hang with all but 3-4 teams in the nation.
    ===================================
    They play a crap schedule, beat an ACC team in the last seconds, and that translates to hanging with the top 3 or 4 teams in the nation?

    I’ll believe it when they actually prove it.

  6. scardino says: Dec 23, 2010 9:13 AM

    When I watched this game, I had to use the game between Notre Dame and Utah as a frame of reference.

    When Notre Dame played against Utah, Utah had their starting quarterback and Notre Dame was using their back-up quarterback.

    In this game, Boise State had their starting quarterback and Utah was using a back-up. I considered Boise State to be a top 5 team and Utah to be a distant #19. My expectation was for Utah to score twenty or so points on a Boise State defense that I am admittedly not educated on and for Boise State to more than double that.

    Instead, this game turned out looking like Notre Dame vs Utah.

    I don’t know if that is a compliment to Notre Dame or a negative for Boise State.

    In closing, neither of the teams on the field looked like they belonged in the top 5.

  7. blitz4848 says: Dec 23, 2010 9:45 AM

    Boise proved one thing last night—they belonged in a bowl played at least 10 days before the real teams start playing.

    They were into the game–they pushed, shoved and insulted each other right up til game time and continued on the field prior to kickoff.

    These 2 teams do not like each other. That said, Boise is not a top 5 team and thank goodness we didn’t have to watch Auburn beat them by 35 in the NC game. If you watched that game then you came to the reality that Boise is what they are–a good team in a weak conference that was way over rated.

    Next yr when they open their season and get waxed by Georgia we won’t have to listen to this crap all season. They are a good team maybe in the 15-20 range of the rankings but no better.
    They came in 10th and after their win they should DROP to around 15th.

  8. pier588 says: Dec 23, 2010 10:18 AM

    Ken Bercheval -

    “had me screaming like this girl on American Idol”

    Bromance abounds late night at CFT.

    Given the late hour of this post – was it written after several hours of imbiding at the PFT/CFT holiday party last night?

  9. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 23, 2010 10:37 AM

    No party (at least that I was invited to), but there may have been some spiced up eggnog involved

  10. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 23, 2010 10:53 AM

    Also, as a side note, if you want bromance, ask JT about cam newton

  11. atlcane513 says: Dec 23, 2010 11:36 AM

    Boise would have won the Big East this year, but not so sure about the ACC. They lost to Nevada, in what was essentially their league championship game. Though they beat Va-Tech to start the season, that was a neautral site game. FSU, UNC, NC State, Maryland, Miami, and Georgia Tech would all compete for conference titles with Boise if they were in their league.

    And truth be told … Chris Petersen knows this, as well. Why else would he choose to stay at Boise, where 11-1 got him a December 22nd bowl game, as opposed to accepting the Miami job and coaching in a BCS AQ league? If Golden saw 8-4 didn’t get Temple a bowl bid as his sign to leave, surely Petersen should have gotten the hint about the respect for his 11-1 program, not only missing a bcs bowl bid, but also missing a January date!

    Clearly, he feels it’s better for his record and credentials to compete against inferior programs. And the expectations at Boise will never be what they are at major programs. He can be Pat Hill (Fresno State = “Giant Killer”) for the next 15 years, never make a BCS bowl, but continue to inflate his win total. Of course, Urban Meyer could have done that, too … But he was willing to step up in class from BGSU, to Utah, to Florida, and prove his skill.

    I guess seeing the results for former Boise coach Dan Hawkins at Colorado might have imoacted his decision? And hey … Perhaps Boise will eventually join the Big 12 or 8, or whatever they are, in the near future? They need more teams in the North division.

    That noted … Kellen Moore should win the Heisman next year, assuming he repeats what he has done the previous 2 seasons and Denard Robinson doesn’t maintain what he did the first few games of this season for the entire year.

    And if being a career back-up in the NFL doesn’t work for him after next seaosn, he can get an ealy start on a long coaching career. He’s a really good college player, not matter what his stats in the pro game.

  12. hartatak says: Dec 23, 2010 11:41 AM

    I agree that they are weak and couldn’t beat the BIG boys like Oklahoma and Alabama. Oh wait, they did beat the big boys!!!!!!!!!!

  13. atlcane513 says: Dec 23, 2010 11:54 AM

    Utah beat Bama, and has been the real “giant killer” in recent bowls.

    Boise beat Pittsburgh and Oklahoma. The OU win was significant, but the others … Not so much.

  14. packers78 says: Dec 23, 2010 12:06 PM

    It amazes me that no one gives this team respect as far as deslusional fans go. They move to a stronger conference next year and still will get no respect. They beat the ACC Champ period …done. The Big Least is a joke in football and BSU obviously would have dominated that conference.

    They can play ball with any team in the country and BTW Utah is now a PAC 12 team, and their back up QB was 9-1 as a starter for Utah (he wasn’t some dude off the bench). Boise didn’t play their best in the bowl but even at the level they played they whooped Utah. Kellen will be a perfect back up in the NFL and will be a great coach in the college ranks soon enough.

    Boise opens withGeorgia next year and after they win that game it will be the same story, opening jitters, Georgia sucks this year, fluke, same thing beatiing VT this year. The loss to Nevada was an anomally. Play that game 10 times Boise wins 9 of them. Nevada is a great team anyway, I’m sure CAL fans can attribute to that.

    Peterson…..what a solid coach anyone who says anything negative in his way is a mouth piece and doesn’t know what he is talking about. He stays in Boise for his family and being a part of a winning up and coming program. Jealousy comes to mind. BTW most Bronco fans know that BSU is not the top team in the country and wake up morons you can’t just join any conference you want they play what they are given and schedule what ever top tier team will play them. Go Broncos.

  15. atlcane513 says: Dec 23, 2010 12:38 PM

    Boise will lose to UGA next year … The same as they did the last time they played. And when that happens, we will all be spared the BCS talk about them being excluded.

    As for their conference switch … It’s not significant. It’s like when Miami left the Big East for the ACC … Not really an upgrade over the Big East at the time.

    If Petersen stays for family reasons, I can’t knock him. Plus, his salary is HUGE money in Idaho. And for the record, I’m a fan of Petersen. Like Urban Meyer, I would like to see him do what he does on the “big stage”, and I think he could do it.

    Packers78, any word on if Harsin will stay at Boise and wait out Petersen (10-20 years) for the HC position there, or will he take another OC position in pursut of landing a HC job sooner?

  16. packers78 says: Dec 23, 2010 1:30 PM

    Harsin I know was being looked at for the Texas OC position but he’s young and I think another year having Moore at the helm will be invaluable to him. I think a step in program at OC will be next for him maybe not the jump to HC. And again conference jumps are not at will you get what you can until the school is grown enough to warrent a bigger conference. We dont even have a baseball team which kils me. We wrestle in the PAC10 and win that and constantly have a top 10 in nation team. Basketball is never going to shine unless it picks up the fan base in Boise I for one hate basketball until the tournament arrives. And Boise will not lose to GA :)

  17. ryzingstar says: Dec 23, 2010 2:14 PM

    I think, I know BSU can stand with any team in the nation. The reasons why BSU isn’t playing on in a bowl game after the new year are…
    They lost late in the year. They have one loss, as compared to a 2 loss LSU team who is playing in the Cotton Bowl. (Who I may add LSU lost their last game they played this year)
    They aren’t in a “big conference?”
    UConn who are 8-4, in a watered down Big East. They have no teams in the top 25. As compared to BSU in the WAC has 3 teams in the top 25 (BSU-10, Nevada-15, & Hawaii-24)
    No one from the “big conference” wants to go to BSU to play them. The Broncos are 56-1 in regular season records since 1999 at home. They will lose and won’t get very much money from the gate in the loss. I’m not sure why they won’t invite BSU these BCS games because they have a great following. The tickets they get, they sell. Just ask Rutgers or Missouri how their bowl appearances cost them money.
    Finially, the “big conferences” don’t want to see a team like BSU in BCS bowl games. These conferences may have bigger faster players but I can’t see anyone out coaching Coach Petersen.
    I don’t want to hear the arguement where “If BSU was in the SEC they would be lucky if they were .500.” For that, wouldn’t BSU be recruitting th same players as other SEC teams?

    Also, as for the arguement about they will lose their openning game next year in Georgia. Ask Virginia Tech and Oregon how those season openers turned out.

  18. lucky5927 says: Dec 23, 2010 4:07 PM

    You guys kill me… Seriously you doubt Boise would win the ACC? They defeated the ACC Champion on a neutral site that was so close to Blacksburg it might as well been a home game. And teams like Miami and Georgia Tech? You have got to be kidding me! Their “Crap” Schedule doesn’t take away from the teams they defeated. When you knock off teams like Oregon, TCU, and Va. Tech in the last two seasons (all three which are BCS teams this year, and yes I am quite aware that Oregon and TCU were last season… but they also brought back the majority of their teams… As did Boise State), that speaks volumes for where that program stands. I rightfully stand by my stance they could hang with all but 3-4 teams in the country.

  19. mrcowpatty says: Dec 23, 2010 5:13 PM

    Moore reminds me of that Matt guy that played for USC. Good college football player and that’s about it.

  20. atlcane513 says: Dec 24, 2010 12:36 AM

    The last time Miami played a team from their conference, they beat Nevada using a back-up QB and were making the transition from Larry Coker to Randy Shannon. So, yeah, G-Tech and Miami would compete for conference titles if they were there.

    Your top 5 assertion would be legit if they were undefeated, but Boise’s loss to Nevada clearly shows your “hang with all but 3-4 teams” is flawed. BSU is most likely a top 12 program in the country, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    And about that opener: No need to ask Oregon or Va-Tech … Just check the BSU archives for their last visit to Athens a few years ago. Ended any BCS bowl talk very early.

  21. lucky5927 says: Dec 24, 2010 9:08 AM

    So the basis of your weak argument is that because Georgia defeated Boise State FIVE years ago, when all of their players were still in Middle or High School, proves that they don’t belong in a BCS bowl game this year! Damn you are ignorant! Boise State lost to a top 15 team by choking. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t hang (ie. keep it close and have a chance to win) against all but 3-4 teams in the country. So yes, I will ASK about the wins against Oregon and Va. Tech, because they demonstrate what has transpired between these two teams in RECENT history where the majority or all of the starters still played against each other. And as to my 3-4 teams.. I think Auburn, Stanford, Wisconsin, and maybe Arkansas would be too physical for them. Everyone else would be fair game. You don’t have to agree with me… that’s on you if you don’t…. but at least reach for something other than a game from 5 years ago and a loss to a top 15 team on the road with undersized goal posts.

  22. diamondduq says: Dec 24, 2010 11:00 AM

    @lucky5927

    So “(t)hey clearly weren’t into a game that they never should have been in, in the first place” is alright to explain a lackluster Boise St. performance but gets completely thrown out when BSu supporters throw out how little guys have beaten the likes of Oklahoma, Alabama, etc. in games they weren’t into and didn’t want to be in?

  23. lucky5927 says: Dec 24, 2010 5:56 PM

    Well, it happens just about every year. A team that aspires to be in a BCS game, gets snubbed. And due to the stupid bowl tie-ins, they are relegated to some shitty bowl game instead of playing a more deserving team. As a result, they don’t play inspired football. I personally hate the bowl tie-ins. But anyway, the point I am making is this happens every year. Chances are Nebraska will experience the same letdown. They already crushed their bowl game opponent (a 6-6 Washington team) 56-21 back in September. Their is no way they will meet those expectations again. Not to mention, I have never heard of a team defeating a 10 win, top 20 team by 23 points and it being considered a letdown. Yes, I know TCU crushed Utah. Utah had no business being up that high in the rankings anyway. But you put TCU in Boise State’s position this season and they wouldn’t blow Utah out that bad again.

  24. lucky5927 says: Dec 24, 2010 6:01 PM

    And yes, I find it to be a different standard for teams like Alabama and Oklahoma. First of all, Oklahoma and Alabama have far superior talent on their teams then what Teams like Utah and Boise State had. I can’t say the same holds true for Boise State compared to Utah. And secondly, the teams you mentioned still played in a BCS bowl game. I would whole heartedly embrace your point if you referred to a relevant team that (should have won big) looked sloppy against another relevant team after being banned to the realm of crappy bowl games.

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