O’Brien Semifinalists Match-ups in Week Ten

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 4, 2009) – The 2009 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) Semifinalist Match-ups for week ten highlight 14 O’Brien Semifinalists who will hit the gridiron this weekend as they vie for The O’Brien. Fans can show their support for any of the 15 Semifinalists, by visiting www.VoteOBrien.org and voting as often as once daily. The Fan Vote will count as 5% of the total vote in determining the Finalists.

Semifinalist Games (alphabetical by last name):

  • Matt Barkley: No. 12 USC at Arizona State
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    In the Trojans’ 47-20 loss at Oregon last Saturday, Barkley threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns. This season, the freshman has thrown for 1,727 yards and nine touchdowns. 
  • Daryll Clark: No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 16 Ohio State
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    Penn State moved up one spot in the BCS rankings after their win over Northwestern last Saturday where Clark completed 22 of 31 passes and threw for 266 yards and a touchdown.
  • Jimmy Clausen: No. 22 Notre Dame vs. Navy          
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. (CST) on NBC
    Senior signal-caller Clausen completed 22 of 27 passes and threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win over Washington State in San Antonio.  Clausen is currently the nation’s second ranked passer with a quarterback rating of 164.2.
  • Jacory Harris: No. 17 Miami vs. Virginia       
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. (CST)
    In the Hurricane’s 28-27 win at Wake Forest, Harris threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns. The sophomore quarterback connected with wide receiver Travis Benjamin for the game winning 13-yard touchdown pass with a 1:08 left on the clock. 
  • Case Keenum: No. 15 Houston at Tulsa
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. (CST) on CBS College Sports Network
    Last Saturday, Keenum threw for a career-high 559 yards and five touchdowns. Keenum found wide receiver Patrick Edwards in the end zone with less than a minute remaining, leading the Cougars to a 50-43 victory over Southern Mississippi. 
  • Dan LeFevour: Central Michigan (Bye Week)
  • Jake Locker: Washington at UCLA
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. (CST)
    Coming off a bye week, Locker will lead the Huskies to the Rose Bowl to take on UCLA this Saturday. This season Locker has thrown for 1,968 yards and 12 touchdowns. The junior quarterback has also rushed for 207 yards and four additional touchdowns. 
  • Colt McCoy: No. 2 Texas vs. Central Florida
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. (CST) on FSN
    The 2008 O’Brien Finalist threw his 100th career touchdown pass in last week’s 41-14 win over Oklahoma State. McCoy completed 16 of 21 passes and threw for 171 yards and a touchdown. 
  • Kellen Moore: No. 7 Boise State at Louisiana Tech
    Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ESPN 2/ESPN 360.com
    In the last Saturday’s win over San Jose State, Moore kept the Broncos undefeated season alive when he passed for 278 yards and three touchdowns. The sophomore quarterback continues to lead the nation with a quarterback rating of 171.0.
  • Tony Pike: No. 5 Cincinnati vs. Connecticut
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    After two weeks of uncertainty, Pike hopes to return to the field in this week’s match-up against Connecticut. This season Pike has thrown for 1,633 yards and 15 touchdowns.  
  • Todd Reesing: Kansas at Kansas State
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. (CST) on Versus
    In the Jayhawks’ loss to Texas Tech, Reesing completed 20 of 35 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown. Reesing hopes to lead the Jayhawks to victory over Big 12 North rival Kansas State. 
  • Zac Robinson: No. 19 Oklahoma State at Iowa State
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    In last Saturday’s loss to Texas, Robinson threw for 143 yards and one touchdown. This season, the return O’Brien Semifinalist has thrown for 1,690 yards and 13 touchdowns.
  • Ricky Stanzi: No. 4 Iowa vs. Northwestern
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. (CST) on ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Despite Stanzi’s five interceptions in Iowa’s win against Indiana, Stanzi passed for 337 yards and two touchdowns. The Hawkeyes’ undefeated season will be put on the line this weekend against Northwestern. 
  • Bill Stull: No. 13 Pittsburgh vs. Syracuse
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. (CST) on ESPNU
    After last week’s bye, the Panthers will square off against Syracuse this weekend at home. Stull is the nation’s third rated passer with a quarterback rating of 161.1. The Big East quarterback has thrown for 1,654 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.
  • Tim Tebow: No. 1 Florida vs. Vanderbilt
    Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6:15 p.m. (CST) on ESPN2/ESPN360.com
    In the Gators’ victory over Georgia, Tebow broke the Southeastern Conference record when he scored his 50th rushing touchdown. The senior-signal caller completed 15 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores helping Florida secure the SEC East.

About The O’Brien Fan Vote
Fans can now register and vote for any of the Semifinalists online at www.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote counts as 5% during each round of the voting process and will be combined with the results from the Selection Committee, an elite group of journalists, commentators, broadcasters and former Winners. The 2009 O’Brien Winner will be announced live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show airing Dec. 10 on ESPN and will be honored at the 33rd Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner held at The Fort Worth Club on Feb. 15, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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 $770,000 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 www.DaveyOBrien.org.

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