Thursday, October 30, 2008

O'Brien Quarterback Award Marquee Match-up for Week Ten

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 29, 2008) - The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Semifinalist Match-up for week ten highlights a pair of games featuring O'Brien Semifinalists going head-to-head in conference play. Florida-Georgia and Texas-Texas Tech have been selected as co-Marquee Match-up games for this week. Fans can show their support for any of the 13 Semifinalists by visiting and casting their vote once daily; the Fan Vote will count as 5% in determining the Finalists.

Semifinalist Marquee Match-ups (based on start times):

Florida (Tim Tebow) vs. Georgia (Matthew Stafford)
Saturday, November 1 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on CBS

SEC rivals Tim Tebow of Florida and Matthew Stafford of Georgia put their top 10 BCS rankings on the line as they lead their offenses into Jacksonville, Fla. for this annual tradition. Both teams enter this hyped game with momentum from strong wins last week. 2007 O'Brien Winner Tim Tebow was responsible for four touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) at the Swamp last week as the Gators routed Kentucky 63-5. With two rushing touchdowns in the first half, he tied Emmitt Smith for the most all-time rushing touchdowns (36) in school history. The junior quarterback has also earned the top quarterback rating in the SEC (157.6). Stafford looks to continue Georgia's winning streak after the Bulldogs defeated the LSU Tigers 52-38 in Death Valley. The junior quarterback completed 17-of-26 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in Saturday's game. Stafford also rushed for a 7-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter while improving his record to 24-5 as a Bulldog starter. The winner of this historic match-up will hold control of the SEC East and set its sights on the conference championship in Atlanta on December 6.

Texas (Colt McCoy) at Texas Tech (Graham Harrell)
Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC

The Big 12 will see a conference showdown Saturday between No.1 Texas and No. 7 Texas Tech. O'Brien Semifinalists McCoy and Harrell will go head-to-head as both quarterbacks look to defend their team's unbeaten status. McCoy and the top-ranked Longhorns head to Lubbock after knocking off the then-undefeated Oklahoma State Cowboys 28-24. McCoy completed 38-of-45 passes for 391 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to one rushing. The junior quarterback continues to lead Texas in rushing with 412 yards and ranks second in the nation with a quarterback rating of 186.46. Harrell's powerful offensive performance helped bolster the Red Raiders to a No. 7 ranking after a 63-21 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. The senior signal caller went 34-of-42, throwing for 386 yards and five touchdowns, as well as one on the ground. With 3,147 passing yards for the season, Harrell leads the nation in passing yards. The team left standing after Saturday's match-up will be the only undefeated team in the Big 12 and will be on track for an appearance in the conference championship at Arrowhead Stadium on December 6.

Additional Semifinalist Games (alphabetical by player's last name):

Sam Bradford: Nebraska at Oklahoma
Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ESPN

Sophomore Sam Bradford boasts the nation's third highest quarterback rating (185.85). The Sooners will clash with the Nebraska Cornhuskers after a convincing 58-35 victory over Kansas State last week.

Chase Daniel: Missouri at Baylor
Saturday, November 1 at 2 p.m. (CST)

Daniel and the Missouri Tigers hit the road as they face the Baylor Bears on Saturday. The senior quarterback carries the momentum from a 58-0 shutout of Colorado last week, during which he completed more than 83 percent of his passes for five touchdowns.

Max Hall: BYU at Colorado State
Saturday, November 1 at 5 p.m. (CST) on The Mountain

The BYU Cougars continue their Mountain West Conference play as they take on the Colorado State Rams this weekend. Hall enters this match-up after completing 24-of-31 passes for four touchdowns last week, leading the Cougars to a 42-35 win over UNLV.

David Johnson: Tulsa at Arkansas
Saturday, November 1 at 1 p.m. (CST) on

Johnson leads the Golden Hurricanes outside of C-USA play to test their strength against the Arkansas Razorbacks of the SEC. Johnson, who boasts the nation's No. 1 quarterback rating (205.34), hopes to carry the momentum from last week's win to defend his team's undefeated record.

Todd Reesing: Kansas State at Kansas
Saturday, November 1 at 11:30 a.m. (CST) on FSN

Kansas residents from across the state will head to Lawrence to watch this battle between in-state rivals. Reesing, a junior, will have the support of Jayhawk fans behind him as he works to direct his team to a victory at home.

Zac Robinson: Iowa State at Oklahoma State
Saturday, November 1 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC

Robinson and the ninth-ranked Cowboys have garnered national attention throughout the season for their stellar performance thus far. Robinson has executed with consistent efficiency as his team's signal caller and looks to add another win for the 7-1 Cowboys when they host Iowa State on Saturday.

Mark Sanchez: Washington at USC
Saturday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m. (CST) on FSN

USC continues to escalate in the polls under the leadership of junior quarterback Sanchez. The 6-1 Trojans return to the Coliseum to host the Washington Huskies after a 17-10 win over Arizona last week.

John Parker Wilson: Arkansas State at Alabama
Saturday, November 1 at 2 p.m. (CST) on ESPN Game Plan

Alabama fans will be cheering "Roll Tide" when Wilson and his No. 2 team take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves at home. Wilson directs the Crimson Tide's dynamic offense as their quest for an SEC title continues.