Every game, we'll hand out awards to the players who caught our attention. Tips for catching our attention: throw touchdown passes with your left hand.
Offensive Player of the Game: Boise State QB Kellen Moore
We were fully prepared to think outside the box on this choice and give the award to someone who was not the overwhelming poster boy for Boise State's opening week. But the box is so comfortable! Besides, Moore earned it with his numbers and his overall play throughout the game. In fact, his efficiency reminded us of some of the great Bronco QBs of the past. No, not Jared Zabransky.
Defensive Player of the Game: Boise State LB Derrell Acrey
When he failed to crack the starting lineup on the first depth chart last week, everyone wondered, "What's wrong with Derrell Acrey?" when really we should have been looking inside our own, judgmental hearts and asking, "What's wrong with us?"
Acrey was a machine on Saturday, racking up 14 tackles and helping to keep the Idaho State passing game under wraps. Forgive us, Derrell?
Special Teams Player of the Game: Idaho State LS Chris Kirkegaard
Props are in order for the Bengals' longsnapper. Nine punts: nine snaps that neither went over the punter's head nor skidded along the turf. Let's hope ISU coaches watch the game tape closely and see just how dependable Kirkegaard's snapping skills were. Perhaps they can find a way to better utilize his ability to throw a football upside down between his legs.
UPDATE: We have been informed that the Idaho State starting longsnapper sustained a serious injury in the first quarter and probably did not continue longsnapping throughout the rest of the game. We trust he will share the award with his backup.
Goat of the Game: Boise State AD Gene Bleymaier
Bleymaier was the man responsible for setting up this mismatched matchup. Instead of a real test against a real opponent, the Broncos breezed past the Bengals and now know absolutely nothing about how the team will play against a good Bowling Green team. Didn't this happen last year with Weber State and the University of Washington? Remind us again how that one ended (actually, don't remind us; we were being facetious).