By Chadd Cripe
© 2009 Idaho Statesman
Everybody loved the story of the first Moore-to-Moore touchdown pass so much that the brothers hid the truth about that play for a while.
This week, they decided it was time to fess up.
The touchdown was an accident.
Kirby, a freshman wide receiver, ran the wrong route. Kellen, the sophomore quarterback, was throwing the ball to Tyler Shoemaker, who was running an out route to the same spot where Kirby ended up.
The result was a 61-yard touchdown pass Oct. 31 against San Jose State.
Kirby was supposed to fake a wheel route and run a 5-yard stop. Instead, he kept running down the sideline — the route he was supposed to run on a similar play in the game plan that week.
“The truth is, I’m trying to throw to Shoe,” Kellen said this week. “We didn’t want to ruin the story.”
The brothers have connected on two touchdown passes this season. Kirby has 17 catches for 214 yards.
TCU outgained Boise State by 222 yards in last year’s game.
However, the Broncos negated that advantage with a 144-yard advantage in special teams, a 68-yard edge in interception returns and a 38-yard edge in penalties. Add all of those up, and the Broncos had a 250-yard advantage in non-offensive yards.
That’s why the Horned Frogs only won 17-16 while dominating the line of scrimmage.
Coach Chris Petersen has emphasized to his team how every aspect of the game will be important in this year’s rematch.
“It’s going to take everything,” he said. “It’s going to take a play here or a play there. We left some little plays on the table that really, really hurt us. I know nobody is going to play a perfect game, but we’ve got to play at an extremely high level and we’ve got to get some breaks — like every time we’ve won against a really good team, we’re going to have to get some breaks — and when we do we’ve got to capitalize.”
Looking at some of the comments on my blog over the weekend, it’s clear there is still some confusion about two things:
— Yes, Boise State is financially responsible for all 19,000 of its tickets — the WAC and Boise State have confirmed that. Athletic director Gene Bleymaier made a deal with the Fiesta Bowl to take an additional 1,500 tickets in lieu of cash. It’s Boise State’s responsibility to convert those tickets back into cash by selling them.
Basically, Bleymaier made a gamble — risking $200,000 or so of the $1.5 million the school expected to net from the Fiesta Bowl to enhance the Broncos’ selection chances. The deal was made before selection day, when it still was possible the Broncos would get snubbed.
— No, the Fiesta Bowl did not save money by inviting the Broncos — the WAC and Bowl Championship Series have confirmed that. The Fiesta Bowl does not actually pay the teams. The Fiesta pays money into the BCS pot, and the payouts come from there. The Fiesta Bowl’s payment — how much, the BCS won’t say — is the same whether it invites at at-large team like Boise State ($4.5 million payout) or an automatic qualifier like Cincinnati (about $17.5 million payout). The BCS games share revenue and the liability for payouts.
Boise State is down to 1,200 Fiesta Bowl tickets, which means the school has unloaded 17,800 so far. Part of the recent surge was the players' requests. They get six free tickets (paid for by the school) and can purchase more.
TCU has sold at least 17,500 tickets, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The school hasn't said how many tickets it has, but the Fiesta Bowl said both schools have the same amount.
OK, hopefully this will put an end to all of the questions about the donation of tickets to Luke Air Force Base, which is 5 miles from University of Phoenix Stadium.
I talked to Joanne Perkins, the marketing director for the base. She said Boise State called her last week to arrange the ticket donation, which has been approved by the base leadership.
The tickets will be offered to the military and possibly some civilian employees at Luke. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of two tickets per person.
Boise State has sold 79 tickets so far that will be donated to Luke, according to the Boise State ticket office. There is no tax deduction for those donations, Perkins said.
Perkins doesn't expect any problem distributing the tickets. The base gets Fiesta Bowl tickets most years, either from participating schools or sponsors.
"We've received donations of a couple thousand tickets before to concerts," said Perkins, who attended the 2007 Fiesta Bowl with a ticket from the base. "Every single time we run out. We have 10,000 people who call Luke home. When you're talking about something as high profile as the Fiesta Bowl, there's a huge demand."
Luke Air Force Base was chosen by Boise State because of its proximity to the stadium. It is the largest fighter base in the United States, Perkins said.
Several reports have listed Boise State wide receivers coach Brent Pease as a candidate for the open offensive coordinator position at Arizona State.
Meanwhile, Montana coach Bobby Hauck has taken the UNLV job. Pease, who also is Boise State's assistant head coach, likely will be mentioned as a candidate there. Pease played for Montana.