Broncos earn more honors for Oregon win

Kellen Moore is named WAC offensive player of the week while BSU nabs National Team of the Week accolades.

ccripe@idahostatesman.comSeptember 23, 2008 

The Boise State football team picked up a couple more honors Monday for its upset of Oregon on Saturday.

Freshman quarterback Kellen Moore was named the WAC offensive player of the week and the No. 19 Broncos (3-0) were named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America.

The Broncos open WAC play Oct. 1 at Bronco Stadium against Louisiana Tech (2-1).

Moore, who was 25-of-37 for 386 yards and three touchdowns against Oregon, also was a candidate for USA Today's player of the week award. He has completed 72.2 percent of his passes and ranks seventh in the nation in pass efficiency.

"That just goes to show that the coaches were right when they made the decision on quarterback," senior tailback Ian Johnson said. "They saw something that we could only get a little glimpse of."

Moore, who beat out senior Bush Hamdan during fall camp, hasn't surprised his coaches with his play.

But there was one moment Saturday that got their attention. Moore threw a 14-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremy Childs on third-and-12. The Ducks brought more blitzers than the Broncos had blockers and Moore threw to a spot just before getting smacked.

The ball hit Childs right in the hands.

"I know Oregon will put that play on and go, 'How do you defend that?' " coach Chris Petersen said.

WILLIAMS SHINES

Senior defensive end Mike T. Williams was named the Broncos' lineman of the week for the Oregon game. At one point in the fourth quarter, he pressured quarterback Darron Thomas on three straight plays - giving the Broncos a defensive stop they desperately needed.

"I felt like somebody needed to make a play," Williams said. "... I threw every move I had at them. I took it upon myself. Somebody had to make a play right now. Luckily, it was me."

Williams finished with seven tackles. He has 18 tackles, but no sacks, this season.

Williams has improved his conditioning throughout his career, Petersen said, which helped him step up in the fourth quarter Saturday.

"He's playing at a position that takes tremendous energy," Petersen said. " When he started, he couldn't go a long time. It's really great to see him being the one getting there."

The Broncos' other players of the week were Childs (offense), cornerback Kyle Wilson (defense), kicker Kyle Brotzman (special teams), fullback Richie Brockel (Hammer), wide receiver Tim Ruben (scout offense), cornerback Antwon Murray (scout defense) and cornerback Josh Borgman (scout special teams).

The other WAC players of the week were New Mexico State safety Derrick Richardson (21 tackles, the most in the nation this year) and Louisiana Tech special-teamer Kiamni Washington (blocked field goal, forced fumble that led to two touchdowns).

'DON'T WANT TO PLAY DIRTY'

The Broncos have taken some heat for personal fouls on safeties Ellis Powers and Jeron Johnson. Powers was flagged for roughing the passer, a late hit that knocked Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli out of the game. Johnson was ejected for hitting Oregon tight end Ed Dickson on an overthrown ball over the middle.

Petersen defended his players - particularly Johnson, who was playing the man and not the ball.

"Hey, we want to play by the rules, and you're always walking that fine line because you're trying to get these kids to play so hard," Petersen said. "That's what you've got to do on defense. We've just got to play smarter in terms of that kind of thing. We don't want to play dirty. We don't want to give up any easy yards to them - that's not good, disciplined football."

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