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Detmer Award Ballot: Moore vs. Keenum

Kellen Moore was dominant on the road. AP photo.

Kellen Moore only needs a half to dominate

This weekend in college football may not have been a stellar one for the Detmer Award candidates, but there were some nice performances to take note of around the country. Perhaps as expected, Boise State and Houston have a couple quarterbacks who are starting to pull away in the Detmer Award voting, at least as far as my ballot is typically concerned.

Here is my ballot for this week’s Detmer Award voting, organized by the guys over at Saturday Blitz.

Kellen Moore was dominant on the road. AP photo.

1. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State

Boise State’s trusty quarterback connected on 23 of his 32 pass attempts for 254 yards and a trio of touchdowns. If those numbers seem kind of ordinary for Moore, I don’t blame you. But consider the fact that Moore attempted just two passes in the second half, and completed each of them, before being replaced by back-up Joe Southwick and these numbers look much more impressive, don’t they?

Next up for Moore is life in the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos play their first MWC game this weekend against Colorado State.

2. QB Case Keenum, Houston

Keenum had better numbers than Moore, sure, but Keenum was playing in the fourth quarter so we’ll give the nod to Moore this week. For me, this Detmer Award is shaping up to be a battle between Moore and Keenum. This weekend Keenum completed 30 of 37 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns in a rout of East Carolina. During his performance Keenum moved in to second on the NCAA all-time passing list, replacing Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell and inching closer to Hawaii’s Timmy Chang. Going in to the game he was tied with none other than this award’s namesake, Ty Detmer, for third all-time.

On a side note, Houston is now one half of the way through an undefeated season. Houston’s two toughest games remaining may be in the final two weeks of he regular season (SMU, Tulsa), and they have just cracked the top 25 polls. If Keenum stays on the field, the Cougars will be tough to beat, but will they make a run for a BCS at-large? Conference USA has never had an at-large bid to the BCS.

3. RB Bernard Pierce, Temple

It was just another day at the office for the doctor, as our friends at The Solid Verbal often refer to Temple’s Bernard Pierce. Pierce scored three touchdowns and rushed for 121 yards as Temple blew by Ball State in MAC action. Pierce was one half of a dominant day on the ground for the Owls, with Matt Brown also rushing for over 100 yards and actually having the better all-around day than Pierce, but Pierce is the player that makes Temple goes.

4. WR Jordan White, Western Michigan

Western Michigan’s running gam had a great day against Bowling Green, but we’ll highlight the performance of receiver Jordan White this week. White recorded 156 receiving yards and two touchdowns as Western Michigan defeated Bowling Green, 45-21. The junior now has seven touchdowns this season, all coming in the last four games.

5. QB Zac Dysert, Miami Ohio

Junior quarterback Zac Dysert had his just deserts against Army this weekend. Dysert torched the Army secondary and defense for 342 yards and four touchdowns, and Miami needed all of that offense in a 35-28 victory. Dysert threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as Miami came from behind to tie and take the lead against Army. Dysert actually thre a touchdown pass late in the third quarter to sart the rally. As if that were not enough. Dysert also scored Miami’s only rushing touchdown, sneaking in to the end zone from one yard out on the final play of the first quarter.

About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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