LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech freshman quarterback Alan Bowman has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, the league announced today.
It is the first conference honor for the Grapevine product, who put together a 43-of-59 day through the air against Houston on Saturday, totaling 605 passing yards and five touchdowns in Tech's 63-49 victor over the Cougars. The Big 12 Newcomer accolade is also the third for the Red Raiders over the last two seasons.
Bowman was also recognized as the Walter Camp National Player of the Week award on Sunday, becoming the sixth Red Raider to pick up the honor since 2004 and the first since Seth Doege in 2011. Additionally, Bowman was one of eight quarterbacks selected as a Manning Award Star of the Week and the Davey O'Brien "Great 8" list. The Manning Award will tab a National Quarterback of the week Thursday following a vote of college football fans on Facebook.
In the second start of his career, Bowman broke former Tech great Patrick Mahomes II's Big 12 freshman passing record of 598 yards set on Nov. 29, 2014, against Baylor. Bowman's 605 yards came six shy of the NCAA freshman mark of 611 set by Nevada's David Neill in 1998 and was the third time in FBS history a freshman has thrown for at least 600 yards in a game.
Bowman's 605 yards through the air are the most by a FBS quarterback so far in 2018. It was also the 18th time in FBS history a QB has thrown for 600 yards, with five of those coming from Red Raiders, as no other university has had more than two. He joins the likes of Mahomes (734), B.J. Symons (661), Graham Harrell (646) and Cody Hodges (643) with 600-plus yard passing games.
Through three games and two starts in his collegiate career, Bowman has completed 70.7 percent of his passes (94-of-133) for 1,160 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions. He currently ranks second nationally in passing yards per game (386.7) as well as completions per game (31.33) and third for total offense per game (392.7).
Bowman connected with the duo of Antoine Wesley and T.J. Vasher five times for touchdowns as the Red Raiders reached the 60-point mark for the second-straight week. Tech had not previously scored 60 or more points in consecutive weeks since early in the 2005 season.
Wesley snapped the Texas Tech single-game record for receiving yards as he hauled in 13 receptions for 261 yards, topping the previous mark by Joel Filani on his final touchdown grab of the game – a 33-yard strike from Bowman. He caught three touchdowns in the win, marking the first time he has found the end zone multiples times in a game during his career.
The Red Raiders enter this weekend's Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State as the nation's leader for both total yards (624.3 yards per game) and passing yards (448.7 yards per game). Tech also ranks third for scoring offense (55.7 points per game) and rushing touchdowns (13).
Kickoff between the Red Raiders and Oklahoma State is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday evening from Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Coverage will be provided nationally on FOX Sports 1 and the Texas Tech Sports Network.