FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 15, 2015) – Bowling Green senior Matt Johnson has been tabbed as the second Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week honoree in 2015, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced.
Johnson leads the nation in passing yards (915) and is tied for second in touchdown passes (8) through the season’s first two weeks. On Saturday, he threw for 491 yards and a school record-tying six touchdowns in a 48-27 win at Maryland.
Johnson, who played in just one game in 2014 before suffering a season-ending hip injury, finished the contest with 36 completions on 55 attempts to help the Falcons secure the team’s first road win over a Power 5 Conference program since 2008.
His 491-yard game ranks second in school history. It was the second week in a row that Johnson threw for a personal best, topping his 424-yard passing effort against Tennessee in the season opener.
The native of Harrisburg, Pa., is the first weekly winner from a non-Power 5 Conference school since East Carolina’s Shane Carden on Sept. 16, 2014.
All 128 FBS quarterbacks are eligible for the weekly honor, which is determined by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee. Honorable mention quarterbacks in week two included: Connor Cook (Michigan State), Luke Falk (Washington State), Jared Goff (California), Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Chad Kelly (Ole Miss), DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) and Greg Ward Jr. (Houston).
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner will be announced on Dec. 10 during ESPN’s The Home Depot College Football Awards. The winner is not required to have won a weekly award during the season. A list of 16 semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 2, while the three finalists will be named on Nov. 24.
2015 Week-by-Week Winners:
Sept. 9 – Josh Rosen (UCLA)
Sept. 15 – Matt Johnson (Bowling Green)
Week 2 Honorable Mention:
Connor Cook (Michigan State) – Tossed a pair of TD passes (20 of 32, 192 yards overall) in 31-28 victory over No. 7 Oregon.
Luke Falk (Washington State) – Threw for 468 yards and 4 TDs, including the game-winner with :13 left, in 37-34 win over Rutgers.
Jared Goff (California) – Completed 17 of 24 passes for 321 yards and 3 scores in a 35-7 win over San Diego State.
Kevin Hogan (Stanford) – Finished 17-for-29 for 341 yards and 3 scores in a 31-7 triumph over UCF.
Chad Kelly (Ole Miss) – Was 20 of 25 for 346 yards and 4 TDs, plus had 26 rush yards and a TD in 71-23 win over Fresno State.
DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) – Threw the game-winning TD in a relief effort (8 of 12, 92 yards, 2 TDs) in 34-27 win over Virginia.
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) – 2nd straight honorable mention; 3 TD passes, 1 TD rush in 4th quarter/OT in win at Tennessee.
Greg Ward Jr. (Houston) – Totaled 334 yards of offense (236 passing, 98 rushing) and threw for 3 TDs in 34-31 victory at Louisville.