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Iowa State's Jared Barnett Earns Manning Award Player of the Week Honor

Friday, November 25, 2011

Jared Barnett, a freshman from Iowa State, has been selected as this week's Manning Award Player of the Week. Barnett earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week. He is the second Cyclone quarterback to win the honor this year as Steele Jantz collected the Sept. 15 award.

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Barnett, a native of Garland, Texas, led Iowa State to a victory that will go down in school history as the Cyclones defeated the undefeated second-ranked Cowboys in double-overtime, 37-31.  This win marked the first time Iowa State beat a top-five opponent in school history. The Cyclones, led by Barnett, overcame a 17-point deficit in the second-half to force overtime, as the quarterback threw for 376 yards with three touchdowns and led the team in rushing with 84 yards.  Less than three minutes into the second-half, the Cowboys had scored to make the score 24-7, but Barnett and the Cyclones tallied a touchdown and a field goal to narrow it to 24-17. With 5:30 remaining in regulation, Barnett connected with Albert Gray for a 7-yard TD catch, making the score 24-all. A missed field goal by Oklahoma State allowed the game to go into overtime, allowing Barnett to shine with a pair of TDs.

The Cyclones are now bowl eligible and have the chance to create more destruction as they head to Norman, Okla., to take on the Sooners on Saturday.

The Iowa State fans showed their appreciation for the big win by voting Barnett to the top of this week's list.  Behind Barnett were Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron, a former Manning Player of the Week, and Robert Griffin, III, of Baylor.  Cameron threw for 356 yards with three TDs and no interceptions as he threw all three of his touchdowns in the final 8:30 of the game, erasing a 17-point deficit, coming out on top over Nevada, 24-20.  The win put the Bulldogs in control for the WAC championship.  Griffin set school records for passing yards and total offense with 551 yards as he led the Bears to their first-ever win over Oklahoma, 45-38, throwing for the game-winning touchdown with 28 seconds to go. 

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.

The honor will be recognizing its eighth winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor - he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. Last year saw Auburn's Cameron Newton earn the award, prior to being selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.