By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy sent Kellen Moore a text message congratulating the Boise State senior on breaking the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for career wins.
Moore said he received the message Sunday morning.
The message, according to Moore: “Congratulations, good luck and keep it going.”
McCoy held the previous record at 45 wins with Texas. Moore is 46-2 and has a chance to extend the record to 51. Moore is one of only four quarterbacks to win 42 games, so if he gets to 50 it could be a long time before the record is touched.
I recently asked Moore for his thoughts on the three previous quarterbacks to hold the wins record. Here’s his take:
On McCoy (45-8 at Texas, 2006-09): “You never really saw a bad game out of Colt. He was always such a big part of Texas football. He did a lot for that program. He’s certainly a guy that I really enjoyed watching when he played at Texas.”
On David Greene (42-10 at Georgia, 2001-04): “A lefty. He probably got the experience like me where people felt like he played there forever. He was just a consistent guy from what I remember. … He was with the Seahawks for a while. I definitely saw him with the Seahawks.”
On Peyton Manning (39-6 at Tennessee, 1994-97): “Maybe I’m trying to make him sound old, but I don’t remember much from college. I remember him from the Colts. All that stuff speaks for itself. Everyone loves Peyton. He’s been an example for all quarterbacks for years.”
Boise State coach Chris Petersen didn’t provide any specifics on injured starters Doug Martin (tailback), Billy Winn (defensive tackle) and Jamar Taylor (cornerback). None of the injuries are serious, Petersen said. Martin could have returned in the second half against UNLV if necessary, he said.
Boise State’s internal players of the week were tailback D.J. Harper (offense), safety George Iloka (defense), linebacker Byron Hout (special teams), center Cory Yriarte (lineman), nickel Hunter White (Hammer), quarterback Jimmy Laughrea (scout offense), linebacker Dustin Kamper (scout defense) and defensive back Darian Thompson (scout special teams).
Some highlights from Monday’s press conference about this week’s game against TCU:
— “It’s as talented as any team in the country,” Moore said. “… It’s going to take a lot of preparation.”
— Senior defensive tackle Chase Baker noticed that TCU is 4-0 in the conference with home games against Colorado State and UNLV left. “This is it. This is for the championship. There’s not going to be another team beat these guys. We have to bring our A-game. This truly is for the Mountain West title.”
If Boise State wins, the Broncos still could lose one of their final three games and finish with a share of the title.
— Baker on the atmosphere in the weight room Sunday: “You could hear a pin drop when we were doing our warm-ups and stuff. You can just feel it. It’s a different atmosphere right now. And TCU kind of brings that out in us.”
— Petersen on TCU: “To me, they’re just like they’ve always been — extremely athletic, really fast, well coached, they play hard. It’s a different level.”
Former Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, now at Texas, was asked this week who would win the Boise State-TCU game.
“BSU, all the way,” he said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Asked if that was head or heart talking, he said: “Both.”