Washington State's Luke Falk Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Luke Falk, a sophomore from Washington State University, 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.
Falk matched a school record for touchdown passes with six as the Cougars scored on all seven of their first-half possessions in a 52-31 win over Oregon State. The Logan, Utah, native completed 39-of-50 passes for 407 yards and leads the Pac-12 in passing yards (395.2 ypg) and total offense (382.2 ypg). The6-4, 205-pound signal caller has been named a Manning Award Star of the Week three times already this year.
Washington State (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) hits the road for the third time in four weeks for a Saturday matchup against Arizona (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) at 3 p.m. CT on the Pac-12 Networks.
Falk's top competition came from Memphis' Paxton Lynch and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma. Lynch registered his fifth 300-yard game of the season as he led the Tigers to a 37-24 upset victory of No. 13 Ole Miss, Memphis' first victory over a ranked opponent since 1996. Mayfield set the tone early, throwing for a touchdown just 1:04 into the game, then continued to a career-high in five touchdown passes (all in the first half) as the Sooners rolled to a 55-0 win over Kansas State on the road.
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.