NEW ORLEANS – Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week for games ending on October 24. Watson led Clemson to a 58-0 win at Miami (FL) on Saturday. The Manning Award is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and selects eight top quarterbacks from around the country each week in recognition for their play the previous week.
College fans can go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook Page and vote for Watson as the top quarterback of the week. Voting closes at 11 p.m. Central time on Thursday.
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.
This week’s eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State (14-of-18, 223 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.0)
Barrett, who makes his first start of the season, also rushes for 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as the Buckeyes roll to a 49-7 Big Ten road victory over Rutgers.
Luke Falk, Washington State (47-of-62, 514 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 81.4)
Falk sets a record for the most passing yards ever against Arizona as he registers the sixth 400-yard game of his career in a 45-42 Pac-12 road victory over Arizona.
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green (27-of-40, 430 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.6)
Johnson adds a rushing touchdown while registering his third straight game with five TD passes as the Falcons pile up 602 yards of offense in a 48-0 win over Kent State, which had been leading the MAC in total defense.
Paxton Lynch, Memphis (32-of-44, 447 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 92.4)
Lynch, who also rushes for a touchdown, tallies his career-high for passing yards while registering his sixth straight 300-yard game as he leads the Tigers to their 14th straight victory, a 66-42 American Athletic win over Tulsa.
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (25-of-35, 348 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 93.3)
Prescott adds a season-best 117 rushing yards and three more touchdowns to his season-high in passing yards as the Bulldogs upend Kentucky 42-16 in SEC action.
Josh Rosen, UCLA (34-of-47, 399 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.1)
Rosen sets a school record for completions as he helps the Bruins snap a two-game losing streak with a 40-24 Pac-12 victory over No. 20 California.
Thomas Sirk, Duke (19-of-39, 270 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 79.3)
Sirk, who also rushes for 109 yards, followed his fourth touchdown pass of the day by running for the game-winning two-point conversion in the fourth overtime of a 45-43 road victory over Virginia Tech; it was the first four-overtime game in ACC history.
Deshaun Watson, Clemson (15-of-19, 143 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 98.9)
Watson, who becomes the first Clemson quarterback to win 11 of his first 12 starts, adds 98 rushing yards and a touchdown while sitting much of the second half as the Tigers hand Miami its worst loss in program history, 58-0, in ACC road 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.