The fourth time was the charm for Purdue quarterback David Blough.

The Carrollton Creekview High School graduate earned the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week on his fourth time as a finalist.

Bough, who led the Boilermakers to a big upset of No. 2 Ohio State, was the winner for the eighth week of the college football season, Cindy Smoak, SPORTyler executive director, announced Tuesday.

Blough connected on 25 of 43 passing attempts for 378 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-20 victory over the Buckeyes on Saturday in West Lafayette, Indiana. It was Blough’s third straight 300-yard game and his fourth this season.  

The Boilermakers won their fourth straight game and their second in a row over a ranked team and pulled off their biggest upset since taking down then-No. 2 Ohio State 28-23 on Oct. 6, 1984.

Purdue also set a school record for points scored against the Buckeyes, besting the previous mark of 41 in 1967. 

Blough outplayed Heisman Trophy candidate Dwayne Haskins Jr. of Ohio State, sealing the victory with a 43-yard scoring pass to Rondale Moore with 3:37 to play. 

Blough joins previous weekly winners — Week 1: Mason Fine, quarterback, North Texas; Week 2: Laviska Shenault Jr., wide receiver, Colorado; Week 3: Alan Bowman, quarterback, Texas Tech; Week 4: Collin Johnson, wide receiver, Texas; Week 5: Eno Benjamin, running back, Arizona State; Week 6: Sam Ehlinger, quarterback, Texas; and Week 7:Jace Sternberger, tight end, Texas A&M.

The EarlCampbellTylerRoseAward, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define EarlCampbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.

In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year DI Texas college.

For more information about The EarlCampbellTylerRoseAward, go to the award-winning website, or contact Smoak, SPORTyler, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce: or 903-592-1661, ext. 237. 

Week 8 Honorable Mentions:

Alan Bowman, freshman quarterback, Texas Tech

Hometown: Grapevine

High School: Grapevine

Passing: 36 of 46, 408 yards, 3 TDs 

Texas Tech defeated Kansas, 48-16, on Saturday in Lubbock.


Kennedy Brooks, redshirt freshman running back, Oklahoma

Hometown: Mansfield

High School: Mansfield

Rushing: 18 carries, 168 yards, TD 

Oklahoma defeated TCU, 52-27, on Saturday in Fort Worth.


Ben Hicks, junior quarterback, SMU

Hometown: Waco

High School: Midway

Passing: 21 of 40, 291 yards, 3 TDs 

SMU defeated Tulane, 27-23, on Saturday in New Orleans.


D'Eriq King, junior quarterback, Houston

Hometown: Manvel

High School: Manvel

Passing: 25 of 48, 413 yards, 3 TDs 

Rushing: seven carries, 56 yards, TD

Houston defeated Navy, 49-36, on Saturday in Annapolis, Maryland.


Kyler Murray, junior quarterback, Oklahoma

Hometown: Allen

High School: Allen

Passing: 19 of 24, 213 yards, 4 TDs 

Rushing: nine carries, 51 yards

Oklahoma defeated TCU, 52-27, on Saturday in Fort Worth.


Devine Ozigbo, senior running back, Nebraska

Hometown: Sachse

High School: Sachse

Rushing: 12 carries, 152 yards, 2 TDs 

Receiving: three catches, 25 yards

Nebraska defeated Minnesota, 53-28, on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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