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Boise State Quarterbacks: Taylor Tharp

Boise State Broncos:  Taylor Tharp
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Taylor Tharp took over the starting role at Boise State in 2007, the season after the Broncos improbable Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma. Expectations were high and fans were excited to see what the next phase of Bronco football would bring. Enter Taylor Tharp to lead the Broncos following the greatest season in Boise State history.

Statistically Tharp was impressive. In his lone season as the starter, he threw for 3,340 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. His completion rate of 68.3 percent was the highest in school history at the time. It was good enough for eighth best in the country. The Broncos offense scored 42.4 points per game, fourth best in Division 1 football. The team won ten games that season and most teams in the NCAA would be ecstatic to win ten games in a season.

For all the really good numbers and wins, it was the three loses that most people look at when remembering Taylor Tharp. The three loses were against probably the three best teams on the schedule. They lost to Washington 24 – 10, Hawaii 39 – 27, and East Carolina 41 – 38. During those three games, Tharp threw only three touchdowns to six interceptions. The Hawaii game cost Boise State the conference championship and the East Carolina game was in the Hawaii Bowl.

There is no question Tharp’s claim to fame is the completion percentage, his accuracy was outstanding but being sandwiched between the greatest season in Boise State history and the dawn of the Kellen Moore years, many people may not even remember him. Sounds like a good trivia question. There were no big wins, just losses in the bigger games.

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