NEW ORLEANS, LA - Tajh Boyd was one of eight quarterbacks named a "Star of the Week" by the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, this week. College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 11 a.m. (Central), the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 to honor the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting.
This week's eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
26-of-41, 396 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT
Boyd recorded two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown in the Tigers' 47-31 victory over Georgia Tech. With his first touchdown pass of the game, a 58-yarder to DeAndre Hopkins in the second quarter, Boyd became Clemson's all-time career leader in touchdown passes with 50. He also passed for a career-high 397 yards in the game, a figure that ranks second in school history in passing yards. In addition, Boyd rushed for a career-high 63 yards in the win over the Yellow Jackets.
Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
30-of-55, 259 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Glennon struggled for much of the game, but came to life when it counted, driving the Wolfpack to the game-winning score by completing three fourth-down passes, including two inside the 15, in a 17-16 upset of No. 3 Florida State.
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
16-of-23, 195 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Lynch, who also rushes for 207 yards and three touchdowns, leads the Huskies back from a 23-13 second-half deficit by tallying three straight scores (one passing and two running) in a 35-23 road victory over Ball State.
Zach Maynard, California
25-of-30, 295 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
Maynard also rushes for a touchdown as he sets a career-best in completion percentage in a near flawless performance for the Bears, who upset No. 25 UCLA.
Josh Nunes, Stanford
21-of-34, 360 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
Nunes rushes for three touchdowns, including a pair in the fourth quarter which tied the game and forced overtime where the Cardinal went on to defeat Arizona, 54-48.
Denard Robinson, Michigan
8-of-16, 105 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Robinson also rushed for 235 yards to become the Big Ten's all-time rushing leader among quarterbacks as the Wolverines rolled to a 44-13 victory over Purdue.
Trent Steelman, Army
5-of-12, 79 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INT
Steelman directs Army's option-offense to perfection, rushing for 147 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a 29-yard dash with 57 seconds remaining to shock Boston College, 34-31, and snap an eight-game losing streak.
Tyler Van Tubbergen, Western Michigan
23-of-28, 283 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT
Van Tubbergen throws touchdowns to five different receivers and also rushes for a score as the Broncos roll to a 52-14 victory over Massachusetts.