Kellen Moore ends one remarkable career with win No. 50

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By the numbers, Boise State’s Kellen Moore is an elite college quarterback.

In a 56-24 rout of Arizona State tonight — incidentally, and sadly, Dennis Erickson‘s last game with the 6-7 Sun Devils after being fired — Moore grabbed win No. 50 in his remarkable four-year career for No. 8 Boise State. That’s 12.5 wins per season. Five more than Texas’ Colt McCoy and 11 more than Peyton Manning when he played for Tennessee.

Moore’s overall record is 50-3 and he’s undefeated against BCS teams. Nearly perfect. In fact, those three losses came by a combined five points. Think about that for a minute. That’s unheard of on any level.

And his individual statistics are equally impressive. He’s accounted for over 14,500 career passing yards and 142 touchdowns to just 28 interceptions. His career completion percentages and passer ratings are phenomenal. Some of his records I doubt will ever be broken.

What’s ironic is that Moore accounted for three turnovers in final game tonight — not exactly a great game statistically.

But stats are just part of it. I said last year and I’ll say it again: Kellen Moore has been one fun guy to watch. There are few quarterbacks at the college level who grasp the game and the position like Moore does. Whether it’s his pocket presence, accuracy or general football I.Q., Moore makes it look effortless.

There isn’t a quarterback I’d rather have leading a two-minute drill than Moore.

I have a feeling the those things will be far more appreciated once Moore’s gone.

And, indeed, the future is uncertain for both Moore and Boise. Can Moore, undersized and lacking great arm strength, make it in the NFL, even as a career backup? Can Boise State keep competing for BCS spots and thoroughly annoying half of America every time it beats a supposedly superior team in a superior conference? Even in the Big East the odds will be stacked against the Broncos in the BCS game.

I hope they do. Moore and coach Chris Petersen have helped transform Boise State, which went 12-1 this season, into one of the most polarizing programs in college football and the sport is better because of it. There is no middle ground with the Broncos. Either you love ’em, or you hate ’em.

So as we laud over Moore’s accomplishment’s tonight, there will be those who will undermine them because they already know they don’t like Boise State or Moore, and there will be no changing their minds.

“But who did they beat?” they’ll whine.

Whatever. You can’t argue wins, and Kellen Moore’s a winner.

It’s been fun watching him do it.