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
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
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
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.”