FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 12, 2015) – Two games pitting four of the 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award against each other have been selected as the Davey O’Brien Week 11 Marquee Matchups.
Memphis’ Paxton Lynch and Houston’s Greg Ward Jr. kick off Saturday evening in style with an American Athletic Conference contest between ranked teams with a combined record of 17-1. The nightcap features UCLA and Josh Rosen playing host to Washington State’s Luke Falk in a Pac-12 Conference clash.
Just 16 players remain in the running for the 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. In addition to Lynch, Ward, Falk and Rosen, the other semifinalists are: Trevone Boykin (TCU), Connor Cook (Michigan State), Brandon Doughty (Western Kentucky), Jared Goff (California), Kevin Hogan (Stanford), Matt Johnson (Bowling Green), Cody Kessler (USC), Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Dak Prescott (Mississippi State), Keenan Reynolds (Navy) and Deshaun Watson (Clemson).
The three finalists, determined by ballots from the award’s selection committee as well as the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote via VoteOBrien.org, will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The 2015 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 10 on ESPN.
Marquee Matchup #1: No. 21 Memphis (Paxton Lynch) at No. 24 Houston (Greg Ward Jr.)
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. (CT) on ESPN2
Memphis’ Paxton Lynch is locked in a Davey O’Brien Marquee Matchup for the second straight week. In nine games, the junior has thrown for more than 3,000 yards to go along with 19 touchdowns. He currently ranks sixth nationally in total offense (356.2) while helping the Tigers score 44.8 points per game.
Dual-threat Greg Ward Jr. has guided Houston to an undefeated start through nine games. The junior is fourth in the NCAA in rushing touchdowns (16) and ninth in points responsible for (174). He is the only FBS player averaging more than 200 passing yards per game (235.1) and over 90 rushing yards per game (92.1).
Marquee Matchup #2: Washington State (Luke Falk) at No. 19 UCLA (Josh Rosen)
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9:45 p.m. (CT) on ESPN
Washington State’s Luke Falk ranks among the nation’s top three in four major categories: passing yards (3,736), passing touchdowns (33), points responsible for (216) and total offense (404.8). Over the past five games, the sophomore has thrown 23 touchdown passes and averaged nearly 450 passing yards per contest.
The first true freshman Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist since 2009, Josh Rosen pilots a top-25 UCLA team. He currently is listed 18th nationally in passing yards (2,564) and has tossed 18 touchdowns. Rosen has thrown for 300-plus yards in three of the past four games and has gone 131 consecutive passes without an interception.