November 26, 2011
Kellen Moore is doing his best to make sure he remains in the Heisman conversation, by adding a few more highlights to his already ridiculous reel.
This week's gem came with 1 second remaining in the first half of Boise State's 36-14 win against Wyoming. With the score tied 7-7, Moore scrambled to his left and heaved a 46-yard Hail Mary pass toward the end zone. Wyoming cornerback Tashaun Gipson attempted to pick the ball off, but it went through his hands and into the waiting hands of receiver Matt Miller, who was lying on his back on the goal line.
Actually, the pass sort of landed on Miller as he did one of those jubilant, "Look what I found!" one-arm thrusts into the air with the ball.
The score put Boise State up 13-7 (the PAT was blocked) and the Broncos never looked back en route to their 10th win.
While this was an awesome Hail Mary, it pales in comparison to the one that nearly cemented Moore's legend a year ago when he found Titus Young on a 53-yard pass with 1 second remaining against Nevada. Unfortunately, the play, which took the Broncos to the 9-yard line was all for naught as kicker Kyle Brotzman missed the game-winning field goal.
Moore is not a finalist for the Davey O'Brienaward, given to the nation's best quarterback, but he is a finalist for the Maxwell Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's best player. Moore also has a chance to earn his second consecutive trip to New York for the Heisman ceremony, and a little Hail Mary luck has never hurt on that front.
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