Thursday, November 20, 2008

O'Brien Semifinalists go head-to-head in week thirteen

FORT WORTH, Texas (November 19, 2008) - The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Semifinalist Match-up for week 13 highlights the highly anticipated duel between O'Brien Semifinalists Graham Harrell of Texas Tech and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. Fans can show their support for these two candidates, as well as any of the other 13 Semifinalists, by visiting and casting their vote as often as once daily. The Fan Vote will count as 5% in determining the Finalists.

Semifinalist Marquee Match-up:

Texas Tech (Graham Harrell) at Oklahoma (Sam Bradford)
Saturday, November 22 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC

The quest for control of the Big 12 South comes down to Saturday's battle between the Red Raiders, led by Harrell, and the Sooners, quarterbacked by Bradford. Both teams enter this match-up coming off bye weeks and are ready to go head-to-head. Harrell and the No. 2 (BCS) Red Raiders travel to Norman, Okla. with their highest ranking in school history. The senior quarterback has completed at least 30 passes in four-straight games and has passed for more than 400 yards in three of the four. Harrell continues to lead the nation in passing (4,077 yards) and completed 80 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and no interceptions in Tech's last game against Oklahoma State. A victory over the Sooners would add to the Raiders' perfect 10-0 record and solidify their spot in Kansas City, Mo. for the Big 12 Championship game. As a sophomore, Bradford has proven himself a top contender in the midst of the Big 12 quarterback rivalry. The signal caller for the Sooners tops the national rankings with 38 touchdown passes and ranks second in quarterback rating (188.94). Bradford set a school record with 32 career completions for 40 or more yards, breaking the previous record of 29 set by 2003 and 2004 O'Brien Winner, Jason White. In Oklahoma's most recent game against Texas A&M, Bradford led the No. 5 Sooners to a 66-28 victory over the Aggies. He completed 22-of-33 passes for 320 yards with no interceptions and accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing).

Additional Semifinalist Games (alphabetical by last name):

Daryll Clark: Michigan State at Penn State
Saturday, November 22 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC

Last weekend Clark led the Nittany Lions to a definitive 34-7 win over Indiana, proving their top ten ranking in the polls after a loss the previous week to Iowa. The junior quarterback now turns his focus toward Michigan State as No. 8 Penn State looks to finish the season at the top of the Big Ten.

Max Hall: BYU at Utah
Saturday, November 22 at 5 p.m. (CST) on The Mountain

The Cougars will wrap-up their conference play as they take on the No. 7 Utah Utes and fight to claim a piece of the Mountain West Conference title. Hall enters Saturday's game after going 28-of-37 for 354 yards and two touchdowns, directing BYU to a 38-24 victory over Air Force.

David Johnson: Tulane at Tulsa
Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. (CST)

Johnson and the Golden Hurricanes return to their home field after a heartbreaking loss on-the-road to the Houston Cougars. The senior quarterback threw for four touchdowns, completing 62.1 percent of his passes and now looks to help rebound his team as they take on the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday.

Tim Tebow: Citadel at Florida
Saturday, November 22 at 12:30 p.m. (CST) on and ESPN GamePlan

Tebow accounted for three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing) last weekend as the No. 4 Gators routed the South Carolina Gamecocks 56-6 at home. With a 9-1 record, Florida prepares to host The Citadel at The Swamp on Saturday.

About The O'Brien Fan Vote
Fans can now register and vote for The O'Brien Fan Vote online at to show their support for their favorite Semifinalist. The Fan Vote will count as 5% in determining the Finalists and Winner. The 2008 Winner will be announced during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show airing December 11 on ESPN. The recipient will be honored February 16, 2009, at the 32nd Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fans can download an interactive "widget" featuring a voting link and the ability to post and share on Web sites, social networks and blogs by clicking here.

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About The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award®
The O'Brien honors the nation's best college quarterback of the year and inspires student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field. By recognizing and honoring athletes who excel in both sports and academics while exhibiting strong character and leadership, The O'Brien aims to help instill a lifelong moral fiber in each candidate. The O'Brien is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation has given away more than $750,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit