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INSIDE SLANT Moore on the money in Toledo win
The Sports XChange
Special to BroncoCountry.com
Posted Sep 20, 2011
Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore passed for 455 yards and five touchdowns Friday night as the No. 4 Broncos beat the Toledo Rockets 40-15. Moore completed a career-high 32 passes, on 42 attempts, to lead the Broncos on a night when the running game was balky and the tackling was suspect.
passed for 455 yards and five touchdowns Friday night as the No. 4 Broncos beat the
Rockets 40-15. Moore completed a career-high 32 passes, on 42 attempts, to lead the Broncos on a night when the running game was balky and the tackling was suspect.
Moore threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to
to cap a two-minute drill at the end of the first half and a 17-yarder to Shoemaker to seal the victory in the fourth quarter.
"He's so precise and his timing is great," Shoemaker said. "It really makes our jobs a lot easier when he's just on the money all the time."
The Broncos improved to 2-0 with both wins coming on the road. They'll make their home debut Sept. 24 against
They have plenty of mistakes to fix. Moore said the Broncos didn't play their "best brand of football." He threw an interception and the Broncos failed on two fourth-down plays, all deep in Toledo territory.
"We had a few big plays, then drives would get stuck, not getting any points out of it," Moore said. "That can't happen."
was reinstated by the NCAA on Wednesday night, about 12 hours before the team plane departed for Toledo. He was suspended by the school because of an undisclosed eligibility matter and missed the season-opener. He didn't start against Toledo but did play extensively. He even forced a key fumble.
--Boise State's questionable kicker situation
took a serious turn for the worse. Freshman Dan Goodale, who was 5-for-5 on PATs in the opener, made an ugly PAT and then missed one against Toledo. Junior Michael Frisina replaced him and went 3-for-4. Frisina also botched a kickoff.
--Boise State senior wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker
made three touchdown catches against Toledo, a career high. He has emerged as the replacement for
as Kellen Moore's favorite red-zone target.
KEEP AN EYE ON: RB
-- The senior tailback has been bottled up in the run game but he's still making a huge impact for the Broncos. He led the team with 122 receiving yards against Toledo. On the year, he has 127 rushing yards, 147 receiving yards, 104 kickoff-return yards and two touchdowns.
LOOKING GOOD: Any concern about the Broncos' receivers
should be gone. Quarterback Kellen Moore has completed 78.9 percent of his passes for 716 yards and eight touchdowns with no sacks -- numbers that show that his receivers are getting open and catching the ball on a consistent basis.
STILL NEEDS WORK: The Broncos' defense and run game
were supposed to help cover for the loss of two elite receivers. Instead, those two areas have been borderline disappointing. Sloppy tackling could have cost the Broncos dearly against Toledo but they were able to force two turnovers deep in their own territory. The run game, meanwhile, has produced in the fourth quarter of both games but done little for the first three quarters.
QUOTE TO NOTE:
"I've been doing this long enough to know when I shouldn't say anything and I'll just leave it at nothing." -- Boise State coach
on his kickers' struggles
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
--QB Kellen Moore
played one of the best games of his career against Toledo. He was 32-of-42 for 455 yards and five touchdowns with one interception. The 32 completions established a new career high.
--The Broncos' two new starters at wide receiver
, led the team with six catches apiece against Toledo. Both were career highs. Through two games, they have combined for 22 catches for 241 yards.
--Senior defensive end
, playing 90 minutes from his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, made two tackles for loss and recorded a sack.
and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn
of Amsterdam remain sidelined with eligibility issues. Safety Cedric Febis, also of Amsterdam, was reinstated by the NCAA after missing one game.
--Fullbacks Dan Paul
(leg) haven't played in either game this season.
--Starting left guard
(leg) didn't play against Toledo but was available as a backup. Sophomore Spencer Gerke replaced him.
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