FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 19, 2021) — Purdue’s Aidan O’Connell has been named the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week after steering the Boilermakers to a 24-7 upset victory at No. 2 Iowa.
On Saturday, O’Connell completed 30 of 40 passes (75 percent) for 375 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The senior from Long Grove, Ill., also posted a rushing score to account for all three Boilermaker touchdowns. His total quarterback rating of 98.2 was the best in the nation in week seven.
Purdue gained 464 yards in the contest, the most allowed by Iowa at home since 2012, while the 375 passing yards were the most against the Hawkeyes in five years. Entering the game, the vaunted Iowa defense led the nation in turnovers forced, including 16 interceptions, and had allowed an average of just 13.0 points and 274 yards of offense per game.
The other quarterbacks on the Great 8 list in week seven were: Georgia’s Stetson Bennett, Matt Corral of Ole Miss, Western Michigan’s Kaleb Eleby, Bo Nix of Auburn, Oklahoma’s Caleb Williams, Bryce Young of Alabama and Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe.
The Davey O’Brien Foundation was created in 1977, and the National Quarterback Award, the oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award, was first issued in 1981. Over its time, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has given away more than $1.2 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
In 1938, O’Brien, who wore No. 8 as a star quarterback for TCU, became the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
2021 National Quarterback of the Week Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 8) – Bryce Young, Alabama
Week 2 (Sept. 15) – Anthony Brown, Oregon
Week 3 (Sept. 21) – Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Week 4 (Sept. 28) – Devin Leary, NC State
Week 5 (Oct. 5) – Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Week 6 (Oct. 12) – Zach Calzada, Texas A&M
Week 7 (Oct. 19) – Aidan O’Connell, Purdue