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“He just knows what the defense is doing at all times and it seems like he knows what you’re doing at all times,” Pettis said. “If the DB does something to you and you have to change your route, he knows what you’re doing. It makes you’re job a lot easier.”

The numbers Moore has posted in his two seasons _ and especially last year _ are almost impossible to match. Harsin points out the Broncos never ask Moore to carry the offense, to be a star. Moore’s lone task is to make the right decisions, Harsin said.

If he does that, the numbers come.

“He just needs to continue to do his job and he gets that. And that is the reason he is our quarterback,” Harsin said. “He did his job he made the right decisions and we saw that when he was young. That’s why he is out there.”

Moore will need to avoid any major mistakes if the Broncos run at a national title is to even get started against Virginia Tech. The Hokies surrendered 15 points per game last season and 167 yards passing per game. Duke was the only team to throw for more than 250 yards against the Hokies’ defense.

That’s fine to Moore. He believes the manner in which the Broncos beat TCU 17-10 in the Fiesta Bowl proved the Broncos don’t need to throw for huge yards or score bundles of points to defeat tough opponents.

“I think it shows resiliency. It wasn’t a great performance,” Moore said. “It’s one of those you keep going, you keep going and eventually when the opportunities come, fourth quarter, you’re able to make some plays.”

(This version CORRECTS Corrects Boise State’s record with Moore to 26-1.)