COLUMBIA, Mo. (MUTigers.com) – University of Missouri sophomore QB Maty Mauk (Kenton, Ohio) was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his prolific performance this past Saturday as he helped lead the Tigers to a 49-24 win at Toledo. Mauk won the award, as announced tonight by the league office, after throwing for five touchdown passes and running for a sixth, both totals which tied program single-game records.
Playing just 75 miles away from his hometown, and before an estimated 1,500 friends and family, Mauk led the Tigers to a convincing road win against the pre-season MAC West Division favorite, as he completed 21-of-32 passes for a career-best 325 yards. His five scoring strikes came from 7, 13, 13, 25 and 12 yards out, and tied his own school record that he co-holds with former star QB Chase Daniel. Mauk threw five TD passes last year at Kentucky, tying the mark Daniel had previously established four times on his own.
Mauk also scored on a 1-yard keeper in the 2nd quarter at Toledo, and the six total touchdowns accounted for also tied the Mizzou single-game record, held by former greats Terry McMillan (1969 at Kansas) and Corby Jones (1997 at Oklahoma State).
He becomes the first Tiger to win the weekly offensive player of the week award in the SEC. The last Tiger to win a conference offensive player of the week award was Henry Josey in 2011. Mauk was named the SEC freshman of the week winner three times a year ago.
Mauk was pleased to win the award, but was quick to credit his teammates for putting him in position to make plays.
“It means a lot, but obviously you can't do it without the five guys up front protecting me, they gave me a ton of time to throw, and our receivers were in the right spots in the right time and it's my job to get them the ball, so it was a great group effort,” Mauk said.
Mauk and the 20th-ranked Tigers continue preparations this week for Saturday's showdown against the UCF Knights. The game is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field. Tickets remain for the game, and can be purchased by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS locally), or purchased online at www.MUTigers.com. For updated Mizzou Football ticket information, continue to visit mutigers.com, or follow Mizzou Athletics on Twitter at @mutigersdotcom.