Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (September 14, 2015) – The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has named eight quarterbacks as its “Stars of the Week.” College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top votegetter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.

The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.

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This week’s eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:

C.J. Beathard, Iowa (15-of-25, 215 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 83.7)
Beathard, who adds 77 rushing yards in his third career start, throws a 25-yard TD strike with 2:14 to go to break a 17-17 tie as the Hawkeyes go on the road to upend archrival Iowa State, 31-17.

Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky (28-of-38, 441 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 87.0)
Doughty tallies the fifth 400-yard game of his career as he helps the Hilltoppers hold off a stubborn Louisiana Tech squad, 41-38, for their seventh straight victory.

Luke Falk, Washington State (47-of-66, 478 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 62.6)
Falk registers his third career 400-yard game (in just six starts) and throws the game-winning touchdown with 13 seconds to go as the Cougars top Rutgers, 37-34, on the road.

Matt Johnson, Bowling Green (36-of-55, 491 yards, 6 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 77.3)
Johnson sets career-highs in passing yards and touchdowns, including four fourth-quarter TD passes to break the game open, as the Falcons roll to a 48-27 win over Maryland – the second straight season that Johnson has led his team to a victory over a Big Ten foe.

Chad Kelly, Ole Miss (20-of-25, 346 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.6)
Kelly starts fast, leading the Rebels to a 28-0 first-quarter advantage, finishing with 305 yards and four scores in the first half, as Ole Miss becomes the first team in SEC history to score 70 points in consecutive games in a 73-21 win over Fresno State.

Paxton Lynch, Memphis (22-of-25, 354 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.3)
Lynch registers his fifth 300-yard game as he leads the Tigers to a blowout win on the road over Kansas, 55-23, to snap a 19-game losing streak against power-five teams.

Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan (17-of-24, 330 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 96.7)
Roback keys the Eagles’ offense, which scores on six of its first seven possessions, as Eastern Michigan wins on the road, 48-29, over Wyoming for its first non-conference road win over in 27 years.

Greg Ward, Houston (23-of-33, 236 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 80.3)
Ward throws for three touchdowns including a 15-yard connection with Demarcus Ayers with 3:09 remaining to rally the Cougars to a 34-31 victory over Louisville in an American Athletic Conference road game.

While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List, additional quarterbacks are expected to be added to the Watch List later in the season. The 10 finalists for the honor will be announced on Wednesday, December 2 and the winner is scheduled to be announced following the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 11.

In its first 11 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 10 different schools and from four different conferences. One of the more unique aspects of the Manning Award is the fact that it takes into account the quarterbacks bowl performances, in addition to the regular season. Ten of the 11 Manning Award winners won bowl games during the season they won the honor; the lone loss was by Colt McCoy in the 2010 BCS Championship game when he suffered an early injury. In addition to McCoy, six other Manning honorees (Matt Leinart, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota) led their teams to the national championship game (BCS or CFP).

All of 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.

In addition to the Manning Award’s yearly honor, each week during the regular season, eight quarterbacks are recognized as Manning Quarterbacks of the Week. Sixty-two players from 58 different schools were honored during the 2014 season.