Friday, November 12, 2010
Boise State quarterback is Kellen 'em deep
By Sharon Katz
As the Boise State Broncos heads into Idaho on Friday (ESPN2, 9 ET), they remain behind TCU in the BCS standings and are fighting to keep their championship hopes alive. Their recent fall in the polls is no fault of quarterback Kellen Moore who consistently puts up monster numbers while leading the Broncos to victory. Against a formidable Hawaii team, Moore did not miss a beat throwing for a career high 507 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters including an 83-yard bomb to Titus Young as Boise State won 42-7.
It is Moore’s ability to connect with Young and others on his deep throws that truly distinguishes him as an elite quarterback, and is one reason why many are penciling him in as a serious Heisman contender.
Moore leads the nation in pass efficiency with a rating of 192.4, and one of the main reasons is his ability to throw the ball down the field with accuracy.
Moore leads the nation with 28 passes that have gained at least 25 yards, and on throws that travel 15 yards or more in the air he is completing a ridiculous 65.5 percent of his attempts.
In comparison, Heisman frontrunner Cam Newton is completing 50 percent of his passes of this distance, and top NFL prospect Andrew Luck is completing 50.8 percent of his throws of 15+ yards.
Although Austin Pettis has led the team in touchdown catches each of the last two seasons, it is Moore’s ability to find Young deep that truly moves the Boise State offense. This season, when targeting Young on throws of 15 yards or more, Moore has completed 14 of 19 attempts for five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Overall, 13 of Moore’s 21 touchdowns this season have come on throws that traveled 15 yards in the air or more.
Moore’s efficiency when throwing deep makes the Broncos’ offense go and is one reason that Boise State has captivated the nation in recent years. In baseball, “chicks dig the long ball,” and Kellen Moore has to hold out hope that Heisman and BCS voters share a similar sentiment.