Hi all! I, like you all wonderful BSU fans, love Boise State. I have been following OBNUG for the past 2 years now. I do not reside in Idaho but my family does. Idaho is my second home, I come very often. I know just as much about Idaho as probably an Idaho resident. My family have gone to BSU games since the 1970s and personally know Jim McMillan. They also sit up in the beautiful Stueckle Sky Center. I have gone to four games, the MAACO Bowls (both), the Wyoming game, and the Colorado State game (where I high-fived many players, like George, Kirby, Matt, etc., including Kellen!!!). I have met Coach Pete (I got his autograph!) and I have touched the blue turf! Well, as I am a member in forensics, which if you all do not know, is a class in high school with public speaking and acting. We were asked to write an informative speech. And I decided, why not do it on Kellen? And so I did, and I would all like you to read it! I would sincerely appreciate it!! And if you see any errors about dates and wins and such, I would soo love to know so I can change it! I got 1st place with this speech the very first time I presented it to a judge. I am very proud of it. Thank you all! Go Broncos!
Also- sorry about no tabs and spaces between the paragraphs!
Hook and Ladder. Statue of Liberty. I wonder if Oklahoma Football Coach Bob Stoops still cringes at the very thought of those plays that occured on January 1st, 2007 during the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. I wonder if he remembers how Ian Johnson
, Boise State running back, proposed to his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics. Did Bob Stoops think that Oklahoma would ever lose to a Non-automatic qualifier, po-dunk, and small university in Idaho, where everyone, except Idahoans, believe that potatoes grow out of people's ears? No. Did anyone, at all in America, except for maybe a handful of Boise State fans, think that the Broncos would defeat the almighty Sooners back then? No. This was a story of David and Goliath.
Boise State is most commonly known now for four things: The 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where the Broncos miraculously beat Oklahoma, their "cupcake" and effortless schedule, their blue turf, and the missed field goals in 2010 and 2011 by famous kicker Kyle Brotzman
and redshirt-sophmore Dan Goodale
, where ESPN commentators exclaimed, "The Boise dream is over!" In this speech, I will inform how Boise State is much more than the flukey, trickster team with wide-right field goals. I will focus on Kellen Moore
, the all-time winningest quarterback, and how he has made Boise State a household name from Idaho to Alabama and most importantly, a football powerhouse.
Born on July 12th, 1989, Kellen Moore was raised in the small town of Prosser, Washington. His father, Tom Moore, coached him and his brother, Kirby Moore
, a wide receiver, who followed his brother by deciding to play for Boise State, up to be stars of football throughout their childhood, and eventually in high school. Their mother, Kris Moore, along with their father, cheered them on throughout their young years. Kellen set record after record at Prosser High School, home of the mustangs. He even won the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington and lettered in football and basketball three times; he was a very excellent student to go along with his athletic abilities. The only drawback, if Kellen had any, was his height.
Being six feet tall did not muster many calls from the Pac-12 schools for Kellen Moore. The stereotypical quarterback is 6'4, and runs with lightning speed. Kellen does not possess any of those assets. Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Boise State were the only colleges that showed any interest in him; Eastern Washington is not even a Division-One school. Oregon State came a knocking, but never offered him a scholarship. Boise State even demonstrated a little weariness, but eventually decided to extend him one. Kellen accepted and believed he never would even win the starting job at quarterback; he redshirted his first year. He would eventually gain that coveted starting position for Coach Chris Petersen’s Boise State squad. Chris Petersen is the most consistent coach in college football with his head-coaching career at BSU of 73-6 and being a two-time winner of the Paul “Bear” Bryant award. So commonly known by all Boise State fans and students, Coach Pete believed in Kellen when no other person did.
On Kellen’s third career game start, as a redshirt freshman, probably the first eye-opening spectacle every Boise State Bronco Fan was astonished to view, he and his teammates marched into Autzen Stadium, home of the #17 ranked Oregon Ducks
at the time, and won. Statistics of his game were exceptional for Kellen; 25 for 37 passes with one interception. I am sure every ESPN commentator picked the Broncos to lose that game on College Gameday that morning. Their record of his first year would turn into 11-1, with their only loss to being Texas Christian University in the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl. By the end of 2008, Kellen Moore already had begun to mark the greatest era ever since Jim McMillan, the only Bronco player to have their jersey retired, at Boise State University.
Kellen would go on to gain the phenomenal record of 6-0 against BCS opponents, beating teams such as: Pac-12 Runner-Up of 2008 and Pac-12 Champion of 2009: Oregon, 2010 ACC Champion: Virginia Tech, SEC East 2011 Champion: Georgia. They also beat Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah, and Mountain West Champion of 2009 in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl: Texas Christian. Probably the most breath-taking statistic of Kellen Moore’s career: the combined total of all three of his losses, all three on missed field goals, only would amount to five points! Kellen would eventually be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony his redshirt junior year, finishing fourth behind Auburn's Cam Newton, Stanford's Andrew Luck, and Oregon's LaMichael James. Kellen won multiple Western Athletic and Mountain West Conference Player of the Year awards. But most famously, when Boise State beat University of Nevada-Las Vegas on November 5th, 2011, he would become the All-Time Winningest quarterback in NCAA College Football History, surpassing Colt McCoy
of the Texas Longhorns
, with a record of 50-3.
From the moment that Chris Petersen took chances against Oklahoma in his play-calling, Boise State splashed onto the national scene of College Football. Boise State is now on the fast-track in joining the Big East conference, as is Kellen Moore, who is now just completed his NFL combine workout with six other fellow Broncos. Boise State is much more than their blue turf and proposed easy schedule. They will not be hindered by Southeastern conference proponents and BCS officials who take pride in beating down Boise State at any instance. Boise State is here to stay, and will stay much longer than they're overtime game with Oklahoma. Go Broncos!
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