Frogs 'D' has bone to pick with Broncos

November, 10, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson lauded Boise State Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore for his dynamic play in the previous two meetings against the Frogs.

"I think in the two times we played him, I think one play I think I fooled him. One out of 120 plays or whatever," said Patterson, who calls the defensive plays. "He just doesn't get fooled. He knows where the ball's supposed to be going, how it needs to do it. He's just like having a coach on the field, just extremely intelligent, extremely talented, extremely accurate."

Once again Moore leads the fifth-ranked Broncos' explosive offense that ranks seventh in the nation in scoring (43.9), 13th in total offense (479.0), 16th in passing (295.6) and 39th in rushing (183.4).

But, Moore hasn't had tremendous outings against the Frogs. In the 2008 Poinsettia Bowl, TCU won, 17-16, and limited the then-redshirt freshman to 222 yards with an interception and the Broncos to 250 total yards. In the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, a 17-10 Boise win, the sophomore was 23-of-39 for 211 yards with the offense going for 317. The Broncos benefited from a fourth-quarter fake punt on its winning scoring drive.

Heading into Saturday's 1:30 p.m. game (televised on Versus) that will likely decide the Mountain West Conference championship, Moore isn't facing a dominating TCU defense. The 2008 and 2009 Frogs defenses finished the seasons ranked No. 1 in the nation. This unit ranks 38th in total defense and 61st against the pass, allowing 225.2 yards a game.

The Frogs secondary was burned consistently in their only two losses, both to down-field passing teams in Baylor and SMU.

Moore, now a senior, might be the most polished quarterback with the most explosive weapons around him that the Frogs have played this season.

"Smart guy," TCU senior cornerback Greg McCoy said of Moore. "For one, he's a great competitor. He's just a smart football player to me. I see a guy that studies the game, loves what he does and has a lot of confidence."



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