Detmer Award Ballot: TCU’s Casey Pachall out-duels Boise State’s Kellen Moore

TCU’s Pachall has career day in big win in Boise

Casey Pachall and TCU rallied for a thrilling win at Boise State. Getty Images

I missed posting my Detmer Award ballot last week due to covering and staying on top of the Penn State news out of State College. This week I dedicate myself to trying to get back in my regular routine, and that starts this morning with my Detmer Award ballot.

For the latest voting results on the Detmer Award, visit Saturday Blitz.

1. QB Casey Pachall, TCU

I was not necessarily surprised that TCU upset Boise State this weekend, but I had no idea TCU quarterback Casey Pachall would go off the way he did against the Broncos. Pachall’s five touchdown performance and 473 yards were both season-highs for the heir to the Andy Dalton throne under center. Consider that Pachall had thrown for over 251 yards just once this season (304 yards vs. SMU), everybody should have been stunned looking at the box-score this weekend.

People were quick to dismiss TCU this season. I get it, but the Horned Frogs are still pretty good. They lost on the road at Baylor in a shootout starring Robert Griffin III in week one and lost in overtime against SMU. Other than that, TCU and Pachall have played pretty well.

2. QB Case Keenum, Houston

Perhaps the biggest surprise in Houston’s 73-17 victory against Tulane is that it took until the 2:39 mark of the second quarter before Case Kenum contributed with a score in the game. Of course, Houston had already built a 21-7 lead by the time Keenum got warmed up. By the end of the game Keenum had put together 325 passing yards and three touchdowns.

3. WR Josh Boyce, TCU

You have to figure that when a quarterback throws five touchdowns and for over 400 yards that at least one wide receiver on that team had a standout performance as well. TCU’s sophomore receiver Josh Boyce was that player this weekend for the Horned Frogs after catching just five passes but accounting for three of TCU’s touchdowns and 163 receiving yards. Both were season highs for a player that never had more than one touchdown catch in a game this season and only had more than 100 yards once this season (134 yards vs. Louisiana-Monroe)

4. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State

His team may have lost but sometimes it is hard to pit the ultimate blame on the quarterback. Moore may not have had a lights out day as he has had this season, but Moore still managed to throw for 320 yards and complete 28 of his 38 pass attempts and throw two touchdowns. Moore did not throw an interception for the fifth game this season and it was the third time this year Moore has passed for over 300 yards. It was also Moore’s ninth multi-touchdown game (every game this season).

5. QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois

We may just have to reserve a spot for Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish here every week. Maybe I was slow to really take notice of him but once again Harnish led his Huskies to victory by using the air and ground game to his advantage. Harnish completed 16 of 26 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 17 times for 151 yards and one more touchdown in Northern Illinois’ 45-14 victory against Bowling Green.

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