O’Brien Semifinalists go head-to-head in Week 12

No. 3 Texas hosts Kansas in a Big 12 match-up as two O’Brien Semifinalists go head-to-head

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 18, 2009) – The 2009 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O’Brien) Semifinalist Match-up for week 12 highlights two returning O’Brien Semifinalists, Colt McCoy and Todd Reesing, as they go head-to-head in a Big 12 showdown. 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:

Kansas (Todd Reesing) at No. 3 Texas (Colt McCoy)
Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ABC
In the final week before the 2009 O’Brien Finalists are announced on Nov. 23, Todd Reesing and the Kansas Jayhawks (5-5, 1-5) will travel to Austin to square off against the No. 3 Texas Longhorns led by Colt McCoy. In last Saturday’s 31-17 loss to Big 12 North rival Nebraska, Reesing threw for 236 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 42 yards and another score. This season the senior quarterback has passed for 2,862 total yards and 18 touchdowns on 251 completions. Reesing has also rushed for five touchdowns. 

McCoy directed the Longhorns (10-0, 6-0) to a 47-14 win against Baylor last Saturday, tying the NCAA record for most career wins by a starting quarterback. In just over three quarters, the senior signal caller completed 23 of 34 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy, a 2008 O’Brien Finalist, hopes to lead the undefeated Longhorns to the Big 12 Championship for the first time since 2005. 

 Additional Semifinalist Games (alphabetical by last name):

  • Matt Barkley: No. 18 Southern California (Bye Week)
  • Daryll Clark: No. 14 Penn State at Michigan State
    Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on ABC
    Clark looks to close out the regular season with a victory as the Nittany Lions take on the Michigan State Spartans. The senior quarterback heads into Saturday’s game with 2,674 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns.
  • Jimmy Clausen: Notre Dame vs. Connecticut
    Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. (CST) on NBC
    The Fighting Irish and Clausen hope to rebound from their loss at Pittsburgh as they close out the regular season at home this Saturday against Connecticut. The junior quarterback has thrown for 3,053 yards, which ranks fourth in the nation, and 21 touchdowns this season.
  • Jacory Harris: No. 20 Miami (FL) vs. Duke  
    Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. (CST) on ESPNU
    Harris and the Hurricanes return to Miami to take on the Blue Devils after a 33-24 loss at North Carolina where the sophomore quarterback completed a career high 28 passes for 319 yards and one touchdown.
  • Case Keenum: No. 24 Houston vs. Memphis
    Saturday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m. (CST) on CBS College Sports
    Despite a tough loss to Central Florida last Saturday, Keenum leads the nation in passing with a total of 4,194 yards. The junior signal caller has completed 358 of 514 attempts for 31 touchdowns heading into Saturday’s game against the Tigers. 
  • Dan LeFevour: Central Michigan at Ball State
    Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. (CST) on ESPN 2/ESPN360.com
    LeFevour continues to direct the Chippewas offense with 2,756 all-purpose yards and 31 touchdowns for the season after a convincing win over Toledo last Wednesday. The senior quarterback takes his team on the road as they take on Ball State tonight.
  • Jake Locker: Washington (Bye Week)
  • Kellen Moore:  No. 6 Boise State at Utah State
    Friday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 p.m. (CST) on ESPN 2/ESPN360.com
    Moore helped keep the Broncos undefeated season alive with a 63-25 victory over Idaho last Saturday. Moore, who threw for 299 yards and five touchdowns, continues to lead the nation in passing efficiency with a quarterback rating of 172.49.
  • Tony Pike:  No. 5 Cincinnati (Bye Week)
  • Zac Robinson: No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. Colorado
    Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. (CST) on ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Robinson led the Cowboys past Big 12 South rival Texas Tech, 24-17, and moved up seven spots in the BCS rankings. To date, Robinson has thrown for 1,922 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 2008 O’Brien Semifinalist has also rushed for 302 yards and four scores leading into Thursday’s match-up.
  • Ricky Stanzi (out for injury): No. 13 Iowa vs. Minnesota
    Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. (CST) on ESPN/ESPN360.com
    In ten games this season, Stanzi passed for 2,186 yards and 15 touchdowns. The senior quarterback showed his moxie, leading his team to five come-from-behind victories. Stanzi is out for the remainder of the regular season after undergoing ankle surgery.
  • Bill Stull: No. 9 Pittsburgh (Bye Week)
  • Tim Tebow: No. 1 Florida vs. Florida International
    Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m. (CST) on ESPN360.com
    In the Gators’ 24-14 win at South Carolina, Tebow passed for 199 yards and one touchdown. The senior signal caller has thrown for 1,730 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 604 yards and 10 touchdowns going into Saturday’s game against the Golden Panthers.

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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