Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award Marquee Matchup of the week - Auburn at Arkansas
10/5/2011 3:18 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The top 15 matchup between No. 10 Arkansas and 15th-ranked Auburn has been billed as the marquee matchup of week six by the Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award.
Saturday’s game features a pair of 4-1 teams that are coming off victories last week. The Razorbacks overcame an 18-point deficit to comeback and defeat then-No. 14 Texas A&M 42-38 inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Auburn is coming off a 16-13 victory at then-No. 10 South Carolina last Saturday in Columbia, S.C.
Arkansas and Auburn will be meeting for the 21st time this weekend. The Razorbacks have won three of the three meetings with Auburn under head coach Bobby Petrino, including a 44-23 win over the 17th-ranked Tigers in 2009 in the only meeting to take place in Fayetteville.
In addition to the marquee matchup, fans can still vote for Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson for the O’Brien Award. Fans can visit VoteOBrien.org to vote for Wilson. The fan vote constitutes five percent during each round of voting.
Wilson turned in the best game of his career in Arkansas’ 42-38 come-from-behind victory over Texas A&M last Saturday inside Cowboys Stadium. Wilson set a new UA single-game record with 510 passing yards, breaking the previous Arkansas record of 409 passing yards set by Ryan Mallett last season against Vanderbilt. Wilson finished the game 30-for-51 with 510 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson’s 510 yards passing was also the fifth-highest single-game total in SEC history. Along with his three touchdowns, the Greenwood, Ark., native scored on a two-point conversion to tie the game at 35-35 in the fourth quarter. Wilson also set Arkansas’ single-game records for total yards by one player with 481 and total individual plays with 57. His 30 completions were a career high and the second-highest single-game total in school history.
For the season, Wilson leads the SEC and ranks seventh in the NCAA with 1,517 passing yards, and his 64.5 completion percentage (111-of-172) ranks third in the SEC and 38th in the country. His passing efficiency rating of 154.32 ranks second in the SEC and 26th in the NCAA. Wilson ranks second in the SEC and 14th nationally with his average of 303.4 passing yards per game, and his 305.6 yards of total offense per game ranks second in the conference and 21st in the country. Wilson’s 10 passing touchdowns rank third in the SEC and tied for 25th in the NCAA.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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