Transamerica is a proud sponsor of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award is presented each year by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Education Foundation to the nation’s top college quarterback based on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and athletic accomplishments. Candidates must be a graduating senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. As a leading financial services company, Transamerica takes pride in being there for those moments when our customers say, “It’s real now.” Moments like the birth of a new baby, the opening of a new business, college acceptance, retirement, and other key milestones. By showing our support for the young men on the Top 30 watch list, we look forward to seeing them thrill fans around the country and experience moments during the season and beyond when they say, “It’s real now.”
1. Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois continues to keep their BCS busting dreams alive for a second straight season, and quarterback Jordan Lynch continues to play a starring role in all of it. On the road against central Michigan, Lynch set a new FBS record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a game, a record previously held by another Northern Illinois quarterback, Stacey Robinson. Lynch rushed for 316 yards in the win for the Huskies. Lynch also rushed for three touchdowns and completed 20 of 30 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.
2. Sean Mannion, Oregon State
The NCAA passing leader continued to put up big numbers Saturday night. Oregon State’s Sean Mannion completed 35 of 45 passes for 481 yards and four touchdowns. Mannion is closing in on 3,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns after just seven games. Mannion now has 2,992 yards and 29 touchdowns to just three interceptions and he is averaging about 50 yards more per game than the NCAA’s second-leading passer, Fresno State’s Derek Carr.
3. Derek Carr, Fresno State
Derek Carr set a pair of new school records in Fresno State’s 38-14 victory over UNLV. After completing 33 of 46 of his pass attempts for 412 yards and four touchdowns, Carr broke career school records for completions and touchdowns and became the third quarterback in school history to eclipse 10,000 career passing yards. This week marked the fourth time this season Carr had over 400 passing yards in a game and the fifth game with at least three touchdowns.
4. Keith Wenning, Ball State
Keith Wenning completed 25 of 37 pass attempts for 324 yards and three touchdowns in Ball State’s road win at Western Michigan. It was the second week in a row Wenning had three touchdown passes. Wenning also continued his season-long streak of 300-yard games, now with eight. Wenning’s performance on the road helped the Cardinals improve to 7-1 and remain in first place in the MAC West Division, ahead of Northern Illinois.
5. Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Central Florida got an early start on a weekend full of upsets when they knocked off Louisville Friday night. Central Florida went on a 31-7 run in the second half to pull the upset, and Blake Bortles played a key role in it all. Bortles tossed two touchdowns in leading Central Florida after being down 28-7 midway through the third quarter, including a short game-winning pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left in the game. At the end of the night Bortles passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns and scored perhaps the best win of the weekend for a Golden Arm Award candidate.
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