Washington State's Luke Falk Earns Manning Award Quarterback of the Week Honor park
Luke Falk, a senior from Washington State, has been selected as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week for the sixth week of the 2016 college football season. He earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Falk completed 30-of-41 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns as he led the Cougars to a 42-16 victory over No. 15 Stanford – it was Washington State's first win over a top-15 team since 2003.
Falk, who had his 18th career 300-yard game, tossed two first-half touchdown passes to Tavares Martin, Jr., and then found Gabe Marks and River Cracraft in the second half as the Cougars followed up a 51-33 win over Oregon by snapping their eight-game losing skid to Stanford. The Ducks and Cardinal have combined to win the past seven conference titles.
Following up Falk in the voting was a close three-way battle between Louisiana Tech's Ryan Higgins, Boise State's Brett Rypien and Washington's Jake Browning. Higgins completed 33-of-45 passes for 454 yards and five touchdowns in a 55-52 Conference USA victory over Western Kentucky; Rypien threw for 391 yards and five touchdowns on 21-of-28 passing in a 49-21 Mountain West road win over New Mexico; and Browning helped the Huskies snap a 12-game losing streak to Oregon by completing 22-of-28 passes for 304 yards and six touchdowns while also running for two scores.
While the Manning Award selected 30 quarterbacks for its preseason Watch List all quarterbacks remain eligible for the honor. Midseason additions to the Watch List will be announced on Wednesday, October 12. The list of 10 finalists will be released on Wednesday, November 30. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 11.
In its first 12 years, the Manning Award has recognized the top names in college football. It has honored quarterbacks from 11 different schools and from four different conferences. The Southeastern Conference leads the way with four Manning Award winners (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton, JaMarcus Russell, Tim Tebow), while Texas is the only school with two winners (Colt McCoy and Vince Young). Watson is the third winner from the Atlantic Coast Conference, joining Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007) and Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013).
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. Fifty-five players from 52 different schools were honored during the 2015 season.