Eight Quarterbacks Named Manning Award Stars of the Week

NEW ORLEANS (October 12, 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 vote-getter 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:

Trevone Boykin, TCU (20-of-30, 301 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 92.5)
Boykin, who runs for 124 yards and two touchdowns, connects on a 55-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 to go as the Horned Frogs recover from an 18-point deficit to pick up a 52-45 Big 12 road victory over Kansas State.

Josh Dobbs, Tennessee (25-of-42, 312 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 85.0)
Dobbs, who tallies a career-high in passing yards, adds 118 yards and two scores on the ground, including the go-ahead score with 5:48 remaining, as the Volunteers erase a 21-point deficit to come from behind to upend No. 19 Georgia, 38-31.

Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky (28-of-36, 359 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 98.4)
Doughty surpasses 10,000 career passing yards and leads the Hilltoppers to scores on eight of 10 first-half possessions as they run away from Middle Tennessee early for a 58-28 Conference USA triumph.

Luke Falk, Washington State (50-of-74, 505 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 63.8)
Falk knots the game at 31 with a touchdown pass on the final play of regulation, runs for a score to force a second overtime, and wins the game with another TD strike, as the Cougars defeat Oregon, 45-38, to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Ducks.

Drew Hare, Northern Illinois (29-of-32, 363 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.0)
Hare sets the school record for completion percentage and adds a rushing touchdown as the Huskies erase a 10-0 deficit with four second-quarter touchdowns en route to a 59-41 MAC victory over Ball State.

Driphus Jackson, Rice (22-of-34, 284 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 76.0)
Jackson, who throws for 129 yards and runs for 35 in the fourth quarter alone, tallies two touchdowns (a 21-yard run and a 14-yard pass) in the final 7:21 as the Owls come from behind to stun Florida Atlantic, 27-26, in a Conference USA road game.

Pat Mahomes, Texas Tech (33-of-46, 428 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.6)
Mahomes, who tallies his fourth career 400-yard game, leads the Red Raiders to a school record 776 yards of total offense as they pick up their first Big 12 victory with a 66-31 win over Iowa State.

Tanner Mangum, BYU (24-of-33, 332 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 82.3)
Despite injuring his hamstring in the third quarter, Mangum remains in the game, tallying his third 300-yard game (a school freshman record) and directing the Cougars to a 45-38 win over East Carolina.

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.