Boise State QB Kellen Moore climbs to third in Idaho Statesman Heisman Tracker; plus other news on the Broncos

By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman

Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore’s performance in the season opener against Georgia boosted his Heisman Trophy stock.

Moore moved from fourth to third in the Idaho Statesman Heisman Tracker and nearly doubled his point total from the preseason edition.

Moore received 32 points, up from 18 in the preseason. He was first on one ballot, third on eight ballots and fourth on one ballot from our 10-member media panel.

Moore was 28-of-34 for 261 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Broncos’ 35-21 win. His completion percentage (82.4) was the second-highest of his career and his efficiency rating (170.07) was by far his best in a season opener since his college debut in 2008 against Idaho State.

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones tied Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with 37 points at the top of our Heisman poll. Luck, though, received five first-place votes to two for Jones. Oregon running back LaMichael James, who opened in third, did not receive any votes this week, which also helped Moore.

Here are this week’s results:

1 (tie). Andrew Luck
QB, Stanford, junior
37 points (5 first-place votes)
Last week: 1st
Luck was 17-of-26 for 171 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a touchdown as Stanford beat San Jose State 57-3 last week.

1 (tie). Landry Jones
QB, Oklahoma, junior
37 (2)
Last week: 2nd
Jones was 35-of-47 for 375 yards and a touchdown in a 47-14 defeat of Tulsa. His rating was just 148.51 because of the low touchdown count.

3. Kellen Moore
QB, Boise State, senior
32 (1)
Last week: 4th
Moore improved to 39-2 in his college career and 5-0 vs. BCS teams.

4. Robert Griffin III
QB, Baylor, junior
23 (2)
Last week: 8th
He torched TCU’s vaunted defense last week and leads the nation with a whopping 250.58 rating. He was 21-of-27 for 359 yards and five touchdowns.

5. Justin Blackmon
WR, Oklahoma State, junior
Last week: 6th
A boring day last week by his standards — eight catches, 144 yards and no touchdowns against Louisiana Lafayette. That broke his string of 12 straight games with at least 100 yards and one touchdown.

Others receiving votes: WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma (2); RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (2); QB Geno Smith, West Virginia (2); QB Denard Robinson, Michigan (1); QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (1); QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska (1); RB Malcolm Agnew, Oregon State (1).

Here’s our panel: Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City); Anthony Gimino, Lindy’s (Tucson, Ariz.); Coley Harvey, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel; Josh Kendall, The State (Columbia, S.C.); Doug Lesmerises, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland); Andrew Logue, Des Moines (Iowa) Register; Tom Luicci, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.); Mike Prater, Idaho Statesman; George Schroeder, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.); Kyle Tucker, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.).

Voters ranked their top five candidates. Scoring was five points for first, four points for second, three points for third, two points for fourth and one point for fifth.


The Boise State-Toledo game on Sept. 16 will air on ESPN (6 p.m. MT). The Iowa State-Connecticut game will air at the same time on ESPN2.


The Boise State-Georgia game on ESPN drew a 2.3 overnight rating. By contrast, the Broncos’ opener last year against Virginia Tech — on a Monday night — drew a 6.8.

The LSU-Oregon game on ABC, which went head-to-head with the Broncos, got a 4.7 rating.


Check out my earlier blog for the news on Boise State’s poll rankings and Sports Illustrated cover.


Boise State expects to net about $1.2 million from the Georgia game. The payout was about $1.4 million.


Here are the Broncos’ internal players of the week: tight end Kyle Efaw (offense), defensive end Shea McClellin (defense), punter Brad Elkin (special teams), center Thomas Byrd and defensive tackle Chase Baker (lineman), linebacker J.C. Percy (Hammer), offensive lineman Marcus Henry (scout offense), linebacker Dillon Lukehart (scout defense) and nickel Corey Bell (scout special teams).


Boise State coach Chris Petersen was on the Mountain West coaches’ teleconference with the media Tuesday. Some highlights:

— On the defense: “The thing we were probably most disappointed in were the three plays on defense. Our defense played at a pretty high level except for three plays. Those really killed us.”

— On the two busted coverages that led to touchdowns: “Jeremy (Ioane) and Travis (Stanaway) were not the issue. Our corner was the issue. Had some communication issues. We’ve got to get that corrected.”

— On punter Brad Elkin, who put six of seven punts inside the 20-yard line: “He played at a real high level. He had a good fall camp. It was nice to see that translate into the actual game situations. Field position was really, really big for us.”

— On whether the eligibility of the three Dutch players would be resolved by the Toledo game: “No idea.”

— On WR Matt Miller: “He did a spectacular job, first game out.”

— On RB D.J. Harper: “He’s a good running back and he’s hard to tackle. He’s much stronger than he appears. That kind of showed up again in this game. He gets out of things. He breaks tackles.”

— On the secondary: “They performed solid. … We’ve got to take some steps in that area.”

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His last chance

Kellen needs to stay in the games regardless of the score this year. Get those stats and records as high as possible and he'll take the Heisman.

Idahostatesman Voters keep Luck atop with what he did against San Jose? Under 200 yards and 2 TD's, and honetly did not look great.


3rd? Really?

Im a total homer but its a shame Kellen is 3rd. I get we need to talk about it now, but its never been an award won the first week of the season.

Vote for Kellen

Voting has opened today for the Davey O'Brien award. Vote once a day everyday.

O'Brien site

I signed up for the voting, it's a slow site, but worth the wait if Kellen gets it. right now he's 2nd on the list at 17%

oh really now

Oh really now Chad, your picking Luck over Moore. Guess you didn't watch the game then. Moore was 28-34 (82.4%) vs Luck at 17-26 (65.4%) Moore had 3 TD's to Lucks 2. Moore had 261 yds to Lucks 171. Moore's Rating is 170.1 vs Luck at 146. And you say Luck is the better QB. Moore has always been better from the start. Can't believe you guys haven't figured that out by now.

Look again...

I'm not deciding this. This is voters from media outlets around the country. Some of them were turned off by Luck's performance. Two of the 10 didn't have him on their ballots. But as everyone who follows the Heisman knows, being the preseason front-runner has its privileges.


I hope someone, somewhere takes a look at the ratings and realizes putting two big games on at the same time is ratings suicide. Unless someone is making more money somewhere by doing it this way... double the advertising revenue? I don't know.


I asked ESPN and was never given an answer why those two games went head to head.


Is voting for who he think ill win. Even Herbie said today that Moore is better than Luck. He may not be as big, but he is better.

Cripe Murph Prater...all have to vote for someone else because that 1. Could not stand it to see someone from BSU actually be the best. 2. Would rather vote for anybody from any team over BSU. All secretly vote for Vandals on everything.

Its a panel

Of dudes and chicks.

Why no votes for David Wilson?

Others receiving votes: WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma (2); RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (2); QB Geno Smith, West Virginia (2); QB Denard Robinson, Michigan (1); QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (1); QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska (1); RB Malcolm Agnew, Oregon State (1).

This kid at Virginia Tech is a phenomenal running back. He had 16 carries for 160 yards & 3 touchdowns and will have a monster year...just watch.

Andrew Luck

Luck showed up but he didn't show us much. His pass completion rating was less than the Utah State true freshman QB as were total yards and they were playing the 2010 D1 BCS champs.

#1 Stanford played a patsy team in San Jose State
#2 His completion rating was 65% and Kellens was 80%
#3 He had two TD's but Kellen had three.
#4 His total yards were much less than Kellen's or the Utah State QB

So why is he rated high again?

Have faith oh faithless

Moore will be getting more attention as he remains rock solid game in and out...S.I. will give him some more attention and his stats will just continue...

Where is VNDL??????

I usually dont care about the "people" on here but I kinda miss him. I hope that he is sleeping it off in some nasty drunk tank somewhere and that nothing bad happened......


I think wiz said he had some personal things to take care of.

I Think He'll

be back end of the week or 1st of next week...

everything ok?




True freshman DB?

"We've got to take some steps in that area." Is Coach Pete thinking of burning a redshirt on one of our top freshmen DB's? Hope so, the rest of the defense is so solid.


Why don't the Bronco's throw the ball to Burks? The kid runs a 4.38 in the 40, he seems to catch pretty good! He seems to only play on running plays, he was wide open on two of the plays the QB's didn't even look his direction.

We think Aaron Burks is a great player

He had some touches in the scrimmage and took a nasty fall trying to adjust to a ball. I dont think hes 100% healthy. But he'll factor in as the season progresses and other WRs get banged up. Dont worry bigtex, Aaron Burks will be a player for us.

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