Manning Match Up Week 10 – November 7 park
Six games this week feature Manning Award Watch Listers facing each other, but the selection for this week's Manning Match-Up is No. 16 Ohio State at No. 11 Penn State (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC). The Buckeyes' Terrelle Pryor and the Nittany Lions' Daryll Clark will share the spotlight in Happy Valley this Saturday, but Pryor, a Pennsylvania high school product who chose Ohio State over Penn State, is expecting a less-than-warm welcome.
Both teams are 4-1 in the Big Ten, and a game back of unbeaten Iowa, which defeated Penn State earlier in the year and still must play Ohio State. OSU leads the series 10-6 since PSU joined the Big 10.
Pryor, a sophomore, is in his second year as the Buckeyes' starter and was voted the Big Ten Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for 2009. For the season, he has completed 113-of-207 passes for 1,543 yards with 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He leads the team in rushing with 110 carries for 554 yards and six scores.
Clark, a senior, leads the Big 10 in pass efficiency and ranks sixth nationally in TD passes with 18, having thrown only one interception in his last five games. For the season, he has completed 166-of-263 passes for 2,158 yards, 18 TDs and seven interceptions. He has added five rushing scores.
A win for Ohio State and Pryor would make next weekend's battle with Iowa one of the biggest games of the year. A loss in this game does not completely eliminate either team from the Big 10 race or BCS consideration, but would make the road from here on out extremely difficult.
Other Week 10 Manning Match-Ups
November 7, 2009
Illinois (Juice Williams) at Minnesota (Adam Weber), 11 a.m. CT, Big Ten Network
No. 19 Oklahoma State (Zac Robinson) at Iowa State (Austen Arnaud), 2:30 p.m. CT, ABC
Duke (Thaddeus Lewis) at North Carolina (T.J. Yates), 2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN-U
No. 6 TCU (Andy Dalton) at San Diego State (Ryan Lindley), 3 p.m. CT
No. 15 Houston (Case Keenum) at Tulsa (G.J. Kinne), 6:30 p.m. CT
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 nine:
Levi Brown, Troy (28-of-41, 378 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
Defeating UL Monroe, 42-21, keeps Trojans in driver's seat for New Orleans Bowl bid.
Jacory Harris, Miami (22-of-44, 322 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
Harris throws game-winning TD with 1:08 remaining to keep Hurricanes BCS hopes alive.
Case Keenum, Houston (44-of-54, 559 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Sets school record for yards with best total in nation this year and clinches win with TD pass with 21 clicks to go.
Adam Weber, Minnesota (19-of-31, 416 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)
Gophers lose top receiver, but Weber steps up for huge game in 42-34 upset of Michigan State.
Russell Wilson, North Carolina State (20-of-30, 349 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT)
Big passing day for Wilson not enough for Wolfpack as defense can't slow down Seminoles.
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 ninth-week numbers from quarterbacks who are not on the Watch List:
Zach Collaros, Cincinnati (22-of-28, 295 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT)
In two games, backup QB is amazing 47-of-63 for 749 yards, nine TDs and one INT while rushing for 213 yards and two more scores.
B.J. Daniels, South Florida (13-of-26, 232 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT)
South Florida upsets West Virginia and Daniels adds 104 rushing yards – his own total offense topped the Mountaineers.
Kevin Riley, Cal (27-of-44, 351 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)
Career-high passing yardage for Riley included 5-of-6 effort on game-winning drive in final minute.