Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week
NEW ORLEANS (September 20, 2018) –Alan Bowman, a freshman from Texas Tech University, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Facebook contest.
Bowman threw for a Big 12 freshman record 605 yards on 43-of-59 passing with five touchdowns and no interceptions in a 63-49 victory over previously undefeated Houston. In the second start of his career, he broke former Tech great Patrick Mahomes II’s Big 12 freshman passing record of 598 yards set on Nov. 29, 2014, against Baylor. His 605 passing yards were just six yards from matching the FBS record and the most by an FBS quarterback so far in 2018. He was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for his efforts.
The Grapevine, Texas, native has completed 70.7 percent of his passes through three games in his collegiate career. He currently ranks second nationally in passing yards per game (386.7) as well as completions per game (31.33).
The Red Raiders head to Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday for the first of nine straight Big 12 matchups. Kickoff between the Red Raiders and No. 15 Oklahoma State is slated for 6 p.m. and will be televised on FOX Sports 1.
Bowman’s top competitors were Nick Fitzgerald of Mississippi State and Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson. Fitzgerald completed 14-of-21 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 107 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs rolled to a 56-10 win over Louisiana. Jackson completed 21-of-26 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns, delivering a 75-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, to keep the Bulls undefeated with a win against MAC rival Eastern Michigan, 35-28.
In its first 14 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 12 different schools and from four different conferences. The Big 12 Conference (Baker Mayfield, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Robert Griffin III) joins the Southeastern Conference (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell and Tim Tebow) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (Deshaun Watson twice, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston) with four Manning Award winners each, while Texas is the only school with two different winners (McCoy and Young).
All the Manning Award winners follow in the footsteps of the Mannings themselves. In college, Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning combined for over 25,000 passing yards and 201 touchdowns while playing in 10 bowl games and earning four bowl MVP awards. Archie was the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft, while both Peyton and Eli were selected No. 1 overall.