As expected, Lynn Bowden pulled in an honor from the SEC for his incredible performance vs. Louisville. Bowden was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week, the third time he’s won the award this season (he was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week following wins over Arkansas and Missouri).
A rundown of Bowden’s record-setting day vs. the Cards:
- Rushed 22 times for a career-high 284 yards and career-high four touchdowns – breaking or tying six records in the process — in Kentucky’s 45-13 win over Louisville.
- 284 yards broke the Southeastern Conference record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game.
- Set Governor’s Cup records for most rushing yards and most rushing touchdowns and was given the Howard Schnellenberger Award as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
- Tied the school records for most touchdowns in a game and most rushing touchdowns in a game.
- Averaged 12.9 yards per rushing attempt, third-best in SEC history (min. 20 attempts), highlighted by a career-long 60-yard touchdown run.
- Broke the school record for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback and became the ninth 1,000-yard rusher in school history.
- 284 yards in one game is the third-most in the nation this season.
- Already has been named National Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
- Led UK’s offense that generated a school-record 517 rushing yards and set an SEC record with 12.9 yards per rushing attempt.
- The erstwhile wide receiver has directed UK to a 5-2 record since moving to quarterback seven games ago.
Yesterday, Bowden was named CFPA Performer of the Week. He’s also a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player. Currently, he leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yardage with 153.0 yards per game (all-purpose yardage does not include Bowden’s passing yardage as a quarterback) and is one of only three players in the top nine nationally with rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return yards. He is also the only player in the nation leading his team in both rushing (1,235) and pass receiving (348) this season.
This morning, Bowden was also named one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl College. The other quarterbacks are Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Justin Fields (Ohio State), Bryce Perkins (Virginia), Peyton Ramsey (Indiana), Zach Smith (Tulsa), Zac Thomas (Appalachian State) and Kyle Trask (Florida).
You can vote for Bowden to win Manning Award Quarterback of the Week on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page. Voting closes Thursday at noon.