Baylor’s Bryce Petty has claimed the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week honor after leading the Bears to an improbable comeback victory over fellow top-10 team TCU on Saturday night.
Petty has helped the Bears to a 6-0 start and a No. 4 Associated Press ranking after turning a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Horned Frogs into a 61-58 victory.
In the contest, the Midlothian, Texas, native tossed a career-high six touchdown passes, equaling the school record. He also threw for a personal-best 510 yards, the second most in Baylor history, on 28 of 55 passing. All six of his touchdown passes went for at least 25 yards, including two of more than 60 yards.
A semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award in 2013, the senior currently ranks 13th in the nation in points responsible for (108), 14th in total offense (328.6) and 17th in passing touchdowns (15).
He also is listed among the top 15 in the NCAA in passing yards per completion (10th, 15.19) and passing yards per game (13th, 306.8).
All 128 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor, which is determined by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee. The final weekly award will be issued on Oct. 27 prior to the paring down to 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award on Nov. 3.
Week 4 Honorable Mention:
Reginald Bell Jr. (Eastern Michigan) – 202 rush yards & 3 TDs, 144 pass yards & 1 TD vs. Buffalo
Rakeem Cato (Marshall) – 337 pass yards, 3 TDs for NCAA record-tying 38th straight game with TD pass
Marcus Mariota (Oregon) – 4 total TDs (2 rush, 2 pass) and 285 yards to defeat No. 18 UCLA
Hutson Mason (Georgia) – 22 for 28, 156 yards & 2 TDs (1 rush) in 34-0 blanking of No. 23 Missouri
Dak Prescott (Mississippi State) – 121 rush yards & 2 TDs, 246 pass yards & 1 TD to down No. 2 Auburn
Marquise Williams (North Carolina) – 303 pass yards, 132 rush yards & 4 total TDs against Notre Dame
2014 Week-by-Week Winners:
Sept. 9 – Marcus Mariota (Oregon)
Sept. 16 – Shane Carden (East Carolina) & Clint Trickett (West Virginia)
Sept. 23 – Dak Prescott (Mississippi State)
Sept. 30 – Deshaun Watson (Clemson)
Oct. 7 – Dak Prescott (Mississippi State)
Oct. 14 – Bryce Petty (Baylor)