For the second consecutive week, Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has been named one of the eight Manning Award Stars of the Week. He was the only quarterback from a Group of Five school among this week’s Manning Award Stars of the Week. The Manning Award is sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Fans may vote for their top performer of the week on Facebook until Thursday at 10 a.m., M.T.
Against Utah State last Saturday, Allen had career highs in total offense (327 yards), touchdown passes (4) and TDs responsible for (5). He threw for 261 yards and rushed for 66. Allen accounted for five of Wyoming’s seven touchdowns throwing four touchdown passes and rushing for a fifth TD.
The native of Firebaugh, Calif., produced 11 big plays on Saturday -- nine pass plays of 15 or more yards (18, 16, 25, 24, 15, 20, 46, 37, 21 yards) and two rushing plays of over 10 yards (15 and 38 yards).
Allen was nearly flawless in leading Wyoming to a 35-7 halftime lead. He completed 70.6 percent of his passes (12 of 17) in the first half and threw three of his four TD passes before halftime. He personally converted 7 of 8 third-down attempts in the first half -- three by passing and four by rushing.
Late in the third quarter after Utah State had cut Wyoming’s lead to seven points at 35-28, on the very next possession for the Cowboys Allen accounted for 75 yards in back-to-back plays. Allen rushed for 38 yards on second and 10 and threw a 37-yard TD pass to tight end Jacob Hollister on the following play to increase Wyoming’s lead back to 14 points at 42-28.
The other quarterbacks vying for this week’s Manning Award Star of the Week award are: Jake Browning, Washington; Luke Falk, Washington State; Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State; Lamar Jackson, Louisville; Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma; Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State; and Wilton Speight, Michigan.
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). Deshaun Watson of Clemson was the 2015 winner of the Manning award and was 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.