Tajh Boyd chosen as one of 8 Manning Award 'Stars of the Week'

Tiger senior completed 20 of 27 passes for 455 yards, five touchdowns against Syracuse

Clemson's Tajh Boyd takes a snap during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

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Clemson's Tajh Boyd takes a snap during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

NEW ORLEANS – The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has named eight quarterbacks as its “Stars of the 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

(20-of-27, 455 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 94.0)

Boyd matches his own school-record for touchdown passes in three quarters of action as the Tigers win 49-14, providing an unfriendly welcome to Syracuse in its ACC debut.

Quinn Kaehler, San Diego State

(23-of-32, 286 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 91.9)

Kaehler registers career-highs in completions, yards and touchdowns with his biggest completion coming in overtime as he finds Eric Judge for a 13-yard touchdown in a 51-44 Mountain West win over Nevada.

Jameis Winston, Florida State

(23-of-32, 393 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.4)

Winston tallies his career-high in touchdowns and passing yards while turning in multiple highlight-reel plays as the Seminoles dismantle previously undefeated Maryland, 63-0.

Zach Mettenberger, LSU

(25-of-29, 340 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 92.1)

LSU trails late in the second quarter, then explodes for a 38-3 run to crush Mississippi State, 59-26, on the road as Mettenberger is nearly flawless with his career-best completion percentage.

Jaquez Johnson, Florida Atlantic

(23-of-36, 299 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.2)

Johnson, who also rushes for a career-high 105 yards and a score, leads the Owls to 14 unanswered points to close the game in a 37-23 C-USA road win over UAB.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

(16-of-27, 355 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.9)

Mariota sets a school record with seven touchdowns (he also rushes for two scores) in a 57-16 victory over Colorado on the road.

Keith Wenning, Ball State

(23-of-41, 346 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 77.0)

Wenning, who also rushes for a touchdown, tallies his sixth straight 300-yard game and his season-high, in a 48-27 upset of Virginia on the road.

David Carr, Fresno State

(37-of-48, 419 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, QBR: 97.0)

Carr tallies 390 of his yards and all of his touchdowns in the first half as the Bulldogs register their fifth 40-point game of the year in a 61-14 Mountain West blowout over Idaho on the road.

Last week’s Manning Award Quarterback of the Week was Oregon State star Sean Mannion, who earned the honor for the second time this season. The Pleasanton, Calif., native, set a school record for passing touchdowns while tallying his third 400-yard game of the year in leading the Beavers to their fourth straight victory, 44-17, over Colorado. He completed 27-of-52 passes for 414 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception and was also selected the Pac-12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

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