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Manning Match-Up Week 12 – November 21

Wednesday, November 18, 2009



Four games this week feature Manning Award Watch Listers facing each other, but the selection for this week's Manning Match-Up is Duke at No. 20 Miami (11 a.m. CT on ESPN-U). Miami is playing to improve to 5-0 all-time in ACC play against the Blue Devils, but Duke also a lot to play for as they must win their last two games to become bowl eligible. The Hurricanes are led by sophomore Jacory Harris, while senior Thaddeus Lewis commands the Blue Devils' offense.

In last year's Miami victory at Duke, 49-31, Harris threw a career-best four touchdowns as he completed 18-of-28 passes for 185 yards. He was picked off twice, but also ran 10 times for a career-high 53 yards and one score. This season, Harris has completed 190-of-313 passes for 2,655 yards with 18 touchdowns.

Last weekend, Lewis became Duke's all-time leader in completions by breaking a 26-year-old school record of 825. This season, he has completed 226-of-364 passes for 2,640 yards with 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions, while adding three rushing scores.

Other Week 12 Manning Match-Ups

November 21, 2009 (Saturday)

Duke (Thaddeus Lewis) at No. 20 Miami (Jacory Harris), 11 a.m. CT, ESPN-U
Iowa State (Austen Arnaud) at Missouri (Blaine Gabbert), 1 p.m. CT
N.C. State (Russell Wilson) at No. 15 Virginia Tech (Tyrod Taylor), 2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN-U
Kansas (Todd Reesing) at No. 3 Texas (Colt McCoy), 7 p.m. CT, ABC, ESPN-GP

 Manning Award Stars of the Week

From the players currently on the Watch List for the Manning Award, here are some of the standout stars from week 11:

Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (20-of-27, 298 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Gabbert leads Tigers to key victory over Kansas State, keeping them alive for Big 12 North title.

Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan (29-of-36, 341 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
Senior signal-caller for the Chippewas adds four rushing touchdowns in 56-28 win over Toledo.

Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (23-of-30, 405 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Mallett sets Arkansas' single-season passing record (2,882 yards) as Arkansas blasts Troy, 56-20.

Kellen Moore, Boise State (22-of-32, 299 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT)
National leader in passing efficiency has thrown for three or more TDs in six straight games.

 Manning Award Players to Watch

While the final additions have been made to the Manning Award Watch List, all quarterbacks remain eligible to win the award. Here's a look at 11th-week numbers from quarterbacks who are not on the Watch List:

Sean Canfield, Oregon State (21-of-29, 185 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Veteran single-caller continues solid season with another mistake-free performance.

Ricky Dobbs, Navy (4-of-6, 78 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT)
Option QB rushes for 100 yards and five TDs to set Navy school record for touchdowns (22) and needs one more to tie national record.

Landry Jones, Oklahoma (24-of-39, 392 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Jones and the Sooners dominate Texas A&M, 65-10.

Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin (16-of-24, 240 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT)
Tolzien rushes for another touchdown as Wisconsin pulls together to blow out Michigan.

Joe Webb, UAB (18-of-25, 379 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
Another exceptional performance as Webb adds 52 rushing yards and another TD in 31-21 win over Memphis.