Two of three finalists set to play on final weekend
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 3, 2014) – Two of the three finalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award will have the opportunity to lead their teams to conference championships and potential berths into the inaugural College Football Playoffs in the final weekend of college football’s regular season.
Marcus Mariota of No. 2 Oregon kick starts the weekend Friday night in the Pac-12 Championship. Facing No. 7 Arizona, the Ducks (11-1) will be looking to avenge their lone loss of the season (31-24 to Arizona on Oct. 2). On Saturday, Trevone Boykin’s third-ranked TCU squad will be playing to earn a Big 12 co-championship. The Horned Frogs, who sport a 10-1 overall record and a 7-1 league mark, host Iowa State in a matinee affair.
The award’s third finalist, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott, has completed his season after helping the Bulldogs to a 10-2 overall record. Prescott has passed for 2,996 yards and 24 touchdowns, while running for 939 yards and 13 scores.
Throughout the season, the Davey O’Brien Award has highlighted the best weekly quarterback matchups during the race for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The 2014 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 11 on ESPN.
Marquee Matchup #1: No. 2 Oregon (Marcus Mariota) vs. No. 7 Arizona
Friday, December 5 at 8 p.m. (CT) on FOX
Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is the national leader in points responsible for (288) and passing efficiency (190.2), while ranking second in passing touchdowns (36) and fifth in total offense (342.2). The junior has passed for 3,470 yards and 36 touchdowns versus just two interceptions, while running for 636 yards and 11 scores. The Honolulu, Hawaii, product has nine games with four or more touchdowns this season, the most of any Football Bowl Subdivision player. In addition, Mariota has established a new Pac-12 single-season record for total touchdowns (48).
Marquee Matchup #2: Iowa State at No. 3 TCU (Trevone Boykin)
Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. (CT) on ABC
TCU junior Trevone Boykin has already set school single-season records for passing yards (3,254), total offense (3,852) and touchdowns responsible for (34). In addition, his 26 touchdown passes are one shy of current NFL quarterback Andy Dalton’s school standard. Boykin currently tops the Big 12 and is fourth nationally in total offense and also ranks among the country’s top 10 in points responsible for (9th, 204). The native of Dallas, Texas, has produced at least 330 yards of total offense and a touchdown nine times in 11 games this season.