O’Brien Semifinalists go head-to-head in Week 11

The Fighting Irish travel to Pittsburgh as two O’Brien Semifinalists go head-to-head 

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 11, 2009) – The 2009 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) Semifinalist Match-up for week 11 highlights two O’Brien Semifinalists, Jimmy Clausen and Bill Stull, as they go head-to-head in Pittsburgh Saturday night. 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 Marquee Match-up:

Notre Dame (Jimmy Clausen) at No. 12 Pittsburgh (Bill Stull)
Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC
This Saturday, Clausen will lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-3) to Heinz Field where they are set to collide with the No. 12 ranked Pittsburgh Panthers (8-1) with Stull at the helm. In the Fighting Irish’s loss to Navy last Saturday, Clausen threw for a career high 452 yards on 37 of 51 attempts. The junior quarterback is third in the nation in passing efficiency with 2,770 yards and a quarterback rating of 162.9.

Stull completed 16 of 23 passes for 225 yards and one touchdown in the Panthers’ 37-10 victory over Syracuse last Saturday. The senior signal caller is fifth in the nation with a quarterback rating of 161.6 and has thrown for 1,879 and 17 touchdowns this season. 

Additional Semifinalist Games (alphabetical by last name): 

  • Matt Barkley: No. 9 USC vs. Stanford
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on FSN
    Barkley led the Trojans past Arizona State, 14-9, last Saturday despite only passing for 112 yards on seven completions. The true freshman has thrown for 1,839 yards and ten touchdowns this season.   
  • Daryll Clark: No. 18 Penn State vs. Indiana
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. (CST) on Big 10 Network
    In last Saturday’s 24-7 loss to Ohio State, the senior quarterback ran for Penn State’s only touchdown and threw for 125 yards on 12 of 28 attempts. Clark and the Nittany Lions are at home again this Saturday as they prepare to take on Indiana. 
  • Jacory Harris: No. 14 Miami (FL) at North Carolina 
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    Harris led the Hurricanes to a 52-17 victory over Virginia last week where Harris threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns. The win moved the Hurricanes up three spots in the BCS rankings.
  • Case Keenum: No. 15 Houston at Central Florida
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. (CST)
    Keenum threw for 522 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars’ 46-45 win against Tulsa last Saturday. This marks the second consecutive week that the junior quarterback has thrown for more than 500 yards. Keenum leads the nation with 3,815 passing yards.
  • Dan LeFevour: Central Michigan vs. Toledo  
    Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ESPN 2/ ESPN360.com
    Coming off a bye week, Central Michigan will square off against Mid-America West rival, Toledo, tonight at home with LeFevour at the helm. LeFevour has thrown for 1,848 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for 548 yards and nine touchdowns this season.  
  • Jake Locker: Washington at No. 23 Oregon State     
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on FSN Northwest
    The junior signal caller threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns during last weekend’s 24-23 loss at UCLA. Locker hopes to break the Huskies’ three game losing streak as they take on Oregon State this weekend.
  • Colt McCoy:  No. 3 Texas at Baylor
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. (CST) on FSN
    In last Saturday’s 35-3 win against Central Florida, McCoy threw for a career high 470 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Shipley, keeping Texas’ undefeated season intact.
  • Kellen Moore:  No. 6 Boise State vs. Idaho
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ESPNU
    As the nation’s top rated quarterback with a rating of 169.35, the sophomore signal caller led the Broncos (9-0) past Louisiana Tech, 45-35, last week. Moore threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Tony Pike:  No. 5 Cincinnati vs. No. 25 West Virginia
    Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ESPN 2/ESPN360.com
    After sitting out the last three weeks due to injury, Pike hopes to see the field this Friday when the Bearcats host West Virginia. In just six games this season, Pike has thrown for 1,633 yards and 15 touchdowns.
  • Todd Reesing: Kansas vs. Nebraska
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    The Jayhawks fell to Kansas State, 17-10, last Saturday where Reesing completed 27 of 41 passes for 241 yards and one touchdown. This season Reesing has thrown for 2,626 yards and 17 touchdowns. 
  • Zac Robinson: No. 19 Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    Robinson led the Cowboys to a 34-8 victory over Iowa State last weekend. The senior signal caller completed 19 of 24 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown. Robinson hopes to improve his numbers as the Cowboys take on Big 12 South rival Texas Tech this weekend. 
  • Ricky Stanzi (out for injury): No. 10 Iowa at No. 11 Ohio State
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    Stanzi is out for the rest of the regular season after undergoing surgery for an ankle injury suffered during last weekend’s loss to Northwestern. This season Stanzi has thrown for 2,186 yards and 15 touchdowns.
  • Tim Tebow: No 1 Florida at South Carolina
    Saturday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on CBS
    Last Saturday, Tebow led the undefeated Gators (9-0) to their nineteenth straight win with a 27-3 victory over Vanderbilt. Tebow completed 15 of 20 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score.

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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