Matt Moore

Reviewing former Oregon State QB Matt Moore's journey to the NFL

Reviewing former Oregon State QB Matt Moore's journey to the NFL

There are numerous Pro Beavs in the NFL, but quarterback Matt Moore will be the most important one in the coming weeks.

After Patrick Mahomes dislocated his kneecap during Thursday Night Football against the Denver Broncos, Moore thrust into action. He threw for 117 yards and a touchdown in relief of Mahomes to lead the Broncos to a 30-6 victory. 

Mahomes’ exact timetable for his return remains a mystery, but most believe it will only be a couple of weeks. In the meantime, Moore will start in his first NFL game since the 2017 season. 

Let’s review how he got here:


Moore began his college career at UCLA playing sparingly before transferring to a junior college. After a season in JUCO, he commited to play at Oregon State, where he’d see immense success, highlighted by a 10-win season and a victory over No. 3 USC. 

Carolina Panthers

Following his senior season, Moore declared for the 2007 NFL Draft, where he was not selected. He was courted by the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers, but chose to play for the Cowboys since they only had two quarterbacks. The Cowboys later cut Moore with hopes of adding him to the team's practice squad, but the Panthers claimed him off waivers.

In Carolina, Moore began as the third-string quarterback but after injuries to Jake Delhomme and David Carr, Moore got an opportunity to play. His first completion was a 43-yard pass to Keary Colbert. On Dec. 16, 2007, Moore started his first game as a Panther against the Seattle Seahawks throwing for 208 yards in the win. Moore would finish out the season as the Panthers starting quarterback going 2-1. 

Moore missed the 2008 season after breaking his fibula in the Panthers preseason finale. In 2009, he played sparingly, before starting the last five games and winning the starting job for the 2010 season. The Panthers later spent a second-round pick on quarterback Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) and the two players would trade off starting quarterback duties before a shoulder ended Moore's season in Week 9. 

Miami Dolphins

Moore would spend the next seven seasons playing for the Miami Dolphins, primarily as backup quarterback. He started some games in relief of the starter, but never solidified the starting gig for good. 

His most notable action came during the 2016 season when Ryan Tannehill suffered a sprained MCL and ACL. Moore would replace Tannehill following the injury and lead a game-winning drive against the Arizona Cardinals. He would finish out the season as the starter since Tannehill never recovered in time. Moore’s season would end after losing the lone playoff start of his career 30-12 in Pittsburgh during the Wild Card round. 

Moore would play one more season for Miami before spending the 2018 season away from football.

Kansas City Chiefs

Following an injury to backup quarterback Chad Henne, the Chiefs signed Matt Moore to backup Patrick Mahomes. Now after Mahomes’ injury, Moore will once again be starting in the NFL. 


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The Chiefs were dealt a tough blow on Thursday night when reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes left the game due to injury. 

With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Mahomes attempted a quarterback sneak for a first down. The Chiefs converted but lost Mahomes in the process. In the pile of bodies, Mahomes got his leg twisted up under him and the result was a dislocated knee cap.

With the Chiefs up 10-6, in trotted former Oregon State Beavers quarterback Matt Moore.

Moore had attempted just one pass all season, but now had to lead to Chiefs to victory on the road - he did just that. 

Moore went 10-19 on the night for 117 yards and touchdown, and in doing so helped the Chiefs snap a two-game losing streak. 

Social media, especially Beavers fans, loved seeing Moore get the job done:

After the game, it was reported that Mahomes will likely be out for three weeks, if not more. So now the Chiefs will turn to Moore again. 

In the span of two months, Moore has gone from semi-retired free agent, to the back-up for the MVP, to starter for the Kansas City Chiefs. That's quite the jump for Moore who has not started an NFL game since Week 11 against the Patriots in 2017, and did not play at all in 2018. 

Over his 12-year career, Moore has played in 51 games, starting 30 of them, and has passed for 7,055 yards and 46 touchdowns. 


Moore was one of the top-rated quarterbacks coming out of high school in 2002 and eventually chose to attend UCLA. He spent two seasons with the Bruins before leaving the program. He enrolled at Oregon State in 2005 and spent his final two years of college football as the Beavers starting quarterback. 

In 2006 he led the Beavers to a 10-4 record and a victory over Missouri in the Sun Bowl. In his two seasons at OSU, Moore passed for 5,733 yards and 29 touchdowns.

But the Moore-Oregon State connection doesn't stop there. Prior to the 2018 season his younger brother Nick Moore, also a quarterback, transferred from Eastern Washington and joined the Beavers. Moore, a redshirt sophomore, has yet to play for Oregon State.