Boise State quarterback and living legend Kellen Moore has now won more games than any other college football player ever after the Broncos blew past UNLV 48-21 on Saturday night. Just to make sure no one would think he was riding coattails, Moore threw for BSU's first five touchdowns and helped turn a tight game early on into a garbage time fest late.
Celebrate Moore's achievement and Boise State's win in the comments, and go ahead and look ahead to next week's showdown with TCU.
The blowout took a little longer than expected thanks to some inspired play by the UNLV Rebels and a sluggish start by the Boise State Broncos. But when all was said and done, the result was the same: Boise State wins big, Kellen Moore has a big night, and the Broncos stay undefeated and in prime BCS position.
The temptation would have been to focus on the periphery of tonight's game - Kellen Moore's all-time wins record, LSU - Alabama, snacks - so it was jarring to watch the first 30 minutes end with the Broncos up by only a touchdown. Credit UNLV's strong defense and effective offense for keeping things tight.
The second half was a different story, though. After Boise State and UNLV traded possessions early in the third quarter, Kellen Moore found Tyler Shoemaker, who had a serious case of the drops all night, for Moore's fourth touchdown pass of the game, beating the man coverage with a 51-yard TD. That score proved to be the backbreaker as UNLV QB Caleb Herring's offensive magic ran out, and the Rebels couldn't do anything more on offense.
The Rebels had a couple chances to stave off the blowout later in the second half, but MLB John Lotulelei had an interception hit him in the hands and a batted pass caught by Shoemaker for a touchdown.
D.J. Harper and Drew Wright each scored TDs to ice the game, subbing for an injured Doug Martin who limped off early on but looked happy and fine congratulating teammates on the sideline. Matt Miller tied Shoemaker with two touchdown grabs, and Gabe Linehan scored as well.
Fittingly, on a night when he became college football's biggest winner, Kellen Moore carried the Broncos offense, throwing five TDs and keeping the offense going when the run game bogged down. In a career that has been marked with shock and awe and records and firsts, you sometimes forget to stop and appreciate how nice it is to have a quarterback who can turn a barnburner into a blowout just like that.
Kudos to the Boise State defense for turning things on in the second half. That did not look like the same UNLV offense after halftime, and I believe the Bronco D had everything to do with that ... Judging by what I saw tonight, I'll take Ebo Makinde over Quaylon Ewing-Burton ... Should Byron Hout be credited with a punt block or a forced fumble? If the defender is reaching the punter before he even starts his kicking motion, you're doing punt protection wrong ... I would be a lot more upset about Hunter White's "personal foul" for blocking that negated a Chris Potter punt return TD if there wasn't a blatant block in the back that wasn't called on the same play ...
For having special teams as its specialty, UNLV isn't very good at it ... The blue pants, white helmet look was sharp, but I'm not sure it looked like the Broncos ... Maybe it was just my TV, but the main camera looked like it was positioned on the Mir satellite ... I hereby proclaim that the Matt Miller back shoulder pass is the new Austin Pettis fade ...
What did you think of tonight's game? Glad to see the Broncos turn it on in the second half? Share your thoughts in the comments.