College Football Week 13: QB Country Players of the Week
A number of QB Country trainees wrapped up the regular season in impressive fashion. Here’s the full list of top performers from Week 13:
Co-Players of the Week:
Tyler Shough, Texas Tech
Tyler went 31-of-50 for a career-high 436 yards and tossed two scores in a 51-48 overtime win over Oklahoma. The win secured a winning conference record for the Red Raiders for the first time since 2009. Since returning to the field as a starter after an early season injury, Tyler has notched three consecutive wins over conference opponents, completing 65% of his passes and averaging better than 274 yards per game. He was named Manning Award Star of the Week.
Riley Leonard, Duke
Riley went 29-of-41 for a career-high 391 yards and four TDs, also a career best in a 34-31 victory over Wake Forest. The performance earned him ACC Player of the Week and Manning Award Star of the Week honors. Riley finished the regular season with 2794 yards, 20 touchdowns and a 143.2 passer rating and rushed for 636 yards on 5.6 yards per carry for 11 TDs.
Cephus Johnson III, SE Louisiana
Cephus led SE Louisiana to a 45-42 opening round win over Idaho in the FCS playoffs, going 18-of-28 for 208 yards and adding 69 yards and a pair of scores on the ground.
Holton Ahlers, ECU
Holton went 25-of-37 for 314 yards and 3 TDs including a 38-yard game-winning score with 1:11 left in the fourth to lift ECU to a 46-42 victory over Temple. With the win the Pirates are bowl-eligible.
Will Rogers, Mississippi State
Will went 27-of-39 for 239 yards and 2 TDs as Mississippi State knocked off Ole Miss 24-22 in Oxford. Will led the Bulldogs to key touchdown drives in the second and fourth quarters to seal the victory.
Taylor Powell, Eastern Michigan
Taylor went 24-of-36 for 266 yards and 3 TDs and added a score on the ground in EMU’s 38-19 victory over Central Michigan. With Taylor at the helm, Eastern Michigan posted eight wins for the first time since 1987 and earned a share of the MAC West division title.
John Rhys Plumlee, UCF
Though he left the game early due to injury, John Rhys was electric – going 9-of-9 for 73 yards and a TD and rushing for 133 yards and 2 TDs in 46-39 win over USF.
Garrett Shrader, Syracuse
Garrett capped the regular season in strong fashion going 21-of-27 for 285 yards and 2 TDs in a 32-23 victory over Boston College.
Best of the Rest:
Carter Bradley, South Alabama: 17/29 for 190 yards and 3 TDs (1 INT) in 27-20 victory over Old Dominion
Drew Pyne, Notre Dame: 23/26 for 318 yards and 3 TDs (1 INT) in a 38-27 loss to USC
Bo Nix, Oregon: 27/41 for 327 yards and 2 TDs in a 38-34 loss to Oregon