Courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl
NEW ORLEANS - University of Oregon freshman Marcus Mariota has been selected as this week's Manning Award Player of the Week. In his first nomination, Mariota earned the second most-ever votes to claim the win over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest.
Mariota threw more touchdown passes than incompletions, going 20-of-23 for 304 yards and four scores defeating USC 62-51. He added 96 rushing yards and set a career best with 400 yards of total offense. Mariota's 22 touchdown passes are the most by a freshman in Pac-12 history, breaking Ortege Jenkins' previous mark of 19 with Arizona in 1997. His completion percentage of 70.51% is currently higher than former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's NCAA freshman record of 69.5%.
The Ducks (9-0, 6-0 Pac-12), ranked second nationally behind Alabama in the latest AP poll, scored nine offensive touchdowns for the second straight week and their 730 yards and 62 points were the most ever allowed by USC in its storied 124-year football history.
Oregon looks to remain undefeated as they travel to Berkeley to take on the Cal Bears on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.
Behind Mariota in this week's Manning Award contest were Aaron Murray of Georgia and Louisville's Terry Bridgewater. After trailing by 10 early, Murray led the Bulldogs to 37 unanswered points in a 37-10 victory over Ole Miss to bring Georgia within one game of clinching the SEC East title. Bridgewater threw for a career-high five touchdowns as he rallied the Cardinals from a deficit for the sixth straight game to keep his team perfect and lift them into the top 10 of the BCS Standings.