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Detmer Award Ballot: The MAC runs wild

Kellen Moore excelled against Colorado State. Getty Images.

MAC dominates ballot, but Kellen Moore stays on top

Houston was off this week so that means no Case Keenum to consider. That should give Boise State’s Kellen Moore a good opportunity to pad his lead in the Detmer Award this season, and did Moore ever take advantage of this.

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

Kellen Moore excelled against Colorado State. Getty Images.

1. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State

Colorado State had the unenviable task of formally welcoming Boise State to the Mountain West Conference this past weekend. Let’s just say the Broncos were more than gracious. Kellen Moore completed 26 of his 30 pass attempts for 338 yards and four touchdowns as Boise State routed the Rams 63-13.

On a day that saw Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson catch a touchdown pass, Moore just did what he does best, and that is throw touchdown passes. Moore completed two touchdown passes of over 50 yards. What’s not to like about that?

2. QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois

Candler Harnish completed just 14 of 21 pass attempts for 203 yards and did not throw a touchdown pass in Northern Illinois’ 51-22 win against Western Michigan, but he did do some serious damage on the ground. Harnish rushed for 229 yards for what I would prefer to call a Steve Young type of game.

3. RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State

One of the major players in the Detmer Award, San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman, had a big night Thursday night against Air Force, by running for 172 yards and two touchdowns in an Aztecs 41-27 win. His two scoring plays came on runs of 22 and 57 yards and they each came in the fourth quarter with San Diego State clinging to a seven-point lead before the Hillman touchdowns. It was also his 11th career 100-yard game in 18 collegiate games.

4. RB Bernard Pierce, Temple

As Bernard Pierce goes, so do the Temple Owls, who moved to 5-2 overall with a 34-0 win against Buffalo. Pierce scored two touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Now healthy, Pierce has already passed his 2010 rushing total and he now has a career high for touchdowns with 17 this season. Pierce is now fifth in the nation in rushing and he may have a chance to move past Oregon’s LaMichael James this weekend if the Ducks back is still held out of action.

5. RB Morgan Williams, Toledo

Toledo’s running back has not had the greatest of seasons but I feel his week seven performance is worth noting. Morgan Williams, who I saw rush for 121 yards against Temple a couple weeks ago, eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second time this season by going for 136 yards against Bowling Green. Williams rushed for three touchdowns as Toledo topped Bowling Green 28-21.

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Kevin McGuire
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