Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Baker Mayfield, a junior from the University of Oklahoma, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest. This is his second win of the season.
The Austin, Texas, native completed 24-of-34 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, adding 76 yards and a score on the ground, as he led the Sooners to a critical victory, upending No. 6 Baylor, 44-34, to snap the Bear's national-best 20-game home winning streak. The win in Waco marked the eighth time this year that Mayfield has thrown for at least three touchdowns in a game. Mayfield is tied for the nation's lead by accounting for at least four touchdowns seven times this season and ranks second in pass efficiency rating (183.9).
Mayfield's play earned him Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, third of his career. The Sooners will host TCU Saturday at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.
Mayfield's top competition came from Washington State's Luke Falk and Keenan Reynolds of Navy. Falk completed 38-of-53 passes for 331 yards and two touchdowns, recording his ninth 300-yard game of the year while delivering a 21-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining to lift the Cougars to a 31-27 upset of No. 19 UCLA on the road. Reynolds was just 2-of-9 passing for 81 yards and one score, but he added 137 rushing yards and four touchdowns to set the FBS record for career rushing touchdowns (81) as he led the Midshipmen to a 55-14 victory over SMU to remain undefeated in American Athletic action.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List and 10 additional quarterbacks were added to the Watch List on October 14, all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. The 10 finalists for the Manning Award 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.