After leading Tulsa to a 21-point come-from-behind victory over No. 19 SMU on Saturday, Grandview’s Zach Smith has received several awards this week for his 325-yard, three-touchdown performance.
On Tuesday, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce named Smith as the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player of the Week. On Monday, Smith was named one of eight “Stars of the Week” for The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Smith was also named to the Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 weekly list in addition to earning AAC Weekly Honor Roll recognition for the second time this year.
The Golden Hurricane fell behind SMU 21-0 before coming back for a 28-24 victory over the Mustangs.
Smith led Tulsa on a game-winning drive by taking the Golden Hurricane 65 yards in seven plays, capped off with Smith's game-winning four-yard touchdown pass to tight end James Palmer with 2:11 left.
Smith completed 26-of-38 passes for season-highs of 325 yards and three touchdowns. In the final three quarters, he completed 20-of-28 passes for 269 yards and all three of his TD passes with zero interceptions.
It was Tulsa's second win over a nationally ranked opponent this season, the first time in program history the Golden Hurricane have beaten two top-25 ranked teams in the same season.
Smith's play helped Tulsa improve to 4-1, putting the Golden Hurricane in the AP Top 25 for the first time in a decade as Tulsa cracked the rankings this week at No. 25. The Golden Hurricane were last ranked in the final poll of the 2010 season at No. 24. The last time Tulsa was ranked during the regular season was 2008, when the Golden Hurricane climbed as high as No. 19.
Smith is joined in the Manning Award Stars of the Week by Notre Dame's Ian Book (263 yards, 3 TD), Ole Miss' Matt Corral (513 yards, 4 TD), Western Michigan's Kaleb Eleby (284 yards, 3 TD), North Carolina's Sam Howell (550 yards, 6 TD), Oregon's Tyler Shough (312 yards, 4 TD), Florida's Kyle Trask (356 yards, 6 TD) and Marshall's Grant Wells (335 yards, 5 TD).
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.
College football fans can go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best quarterback performance from this past weekend. When voting closes at 11 a.m. Thursday, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player of the Week award recognizes football student-athletes meeting one of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college of four-year Division I Texas college. Named after 1977 Heisman Trophy-winning running back Earl Campbell, the award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.
Smith was previously named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose 2020 preseason watch list in September.
For the season, Smith has completed 96-of-156 passes for 1,249 yards with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in five games for a 142.3 quarterback efficiency rating.
Smith is now two yards shy of 10th place on the school’s career passing chart with 4,529 career yards over the past 1.5 seasons.
Tulsa's only loss so far this season was a 16-7 defeat against No. 11 Oklahoma State on Sept. 19. The Golden Hurricane, who have had several games rescheduled because of COVID-19, are 4-0 in American Athletic Conference play.
Tulsa is scheduled to host Tulane (5-4) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a nationally televised game on ESPN.