TOLEDO, Ohio – Boise State’s running game sputtered again Friday night, so the Broncos decided to go to their best option.
Not a bad call when Kellen Moore is behind center.
Moore threw for 455 yards and five touchdowns to lead the fourth-ranked Broncos to a 40-15 victory over Toledo.
“If we have to put the ball in Kellen’s hands, we don’t have any problem with that,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said.
Moore misfired on his first two throws but didn’t miss many after that, connecting on 32 of 42 passes. Asked about the secret to his accuracy, the senior star had a simple answer: Practice, he said.
“It takes 10,000 hours to be an expert I just heard in school,” Moore said with a laugh.
It looked for a while as if Toledo (1-2) might give Boise State a scare just six days after the Rockets came within a play or two of knocking off No. 17 Ohio State. But they couldn’t stop Moore.
He appeared to be playing pitch and catch at times, spreading short throws to nine different receivers all over the field.
“The way Kellen spreads the ball around, you don’t really know how many yards he throws or who catches them all,” Petersen said.
The Broncos (2-0) were leading 13-6 when they got the ball back with 1:22 left in the first half and marched right down the field for a key touchdown.
Moore connected on six consecutive passes to get down to the 1. He then lofted a throw into the corner for Tyler Shoemaker’s second of three touchdowns and a little breathing room.
Moore also tossed a 26-yard pass to Shoemaker to give the Broncos a 7-6 lead with 6:56 left in the first quarter. On their next possession, Doug Martin dashed through Toledo’s defense on a screen pass for a 71-yard score.
Moore’s only glaring error came at end of the third quarter, when he was intercepted by Jermaine Robinson. He also missed a play earlier in the period after he stumbled while landing during a throw. But he came back on Boise’s next possession.
Petersen admitted there are times when the Broncos need to rely on their quarterback a little more than they’d like.
“He’s been doing this for a long time,” Petersen said.