IRVING, Texas – After setting a pair of NCAA records and leading East Carolina to a 38-35 victory over Navy, senior quarterback Dominique Davis has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player-of-the-Week according to an announcement Monday by league officials. It is the third league weekly honor of Davis’ career and first this season.
Versus the Midshipmen in Annapolis Saturday, Davis established an NCAA single-game record with 26-straight completions to open the contest. He surpassed the previous standard of 23 set by Tennessee’s Tee Martin against South Carolina on Oct. 31, 1998, and matched by California’s Aaron Rodgers against Southern California on Oct. 9, 2004. Davis also set an NCAA record for consecutive completions in a season with 36 as he converted his final 10 consecutive throws at Memphis a week earlier (26 by Rodgers in 2004 against Oregon State/3 and Southern California/23).
The Lakeland, Fla., product finished the Navy game completing 40-of-45 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns. Davis’ completion percentage of 88.9 set the ECU contest record, surpassing Patrick Pinkney’s 82.6 conversion rate versus Virginia Tech on Aug. 30, 2008. Davis’ mark was the second-highest single-game completion percentage in NCAA history among passers who had at least 40 converted tosses. Earlier this season, Texas Tech’s Seth Doege established the standard by completed 90.9 percent of his throws (40-of-44) against New Mexico on Sept. 17.
During the second quarter against the Mids, Davis threw a three-yard touchdown pass to senior outside receiver Lance Lewis for the 50th scoring toss of his career. In the same frame, Davis completed passes to eight different receivers and tallied 170 passing yards, bringing his career total to 19 separate quarters with 100 or more aerial yards.
The 40 completions during the game pushed Davis up to fourth on the East Carolina career completions chart and 17th on the C-USA all-time completions list with 607.
Conference USA also honored Southern Miss senior defensive back Marques Wheaton and UAB freshman kicker Ty Long as the defensive and special teams players-of-the-week.
In addition to the award from the league, Davis was selected as the Rivals.com Co-Conference USA Player-of-the-Week along with Houston signal caller Case Keenum. Davis was also one of eight quarterbacks nominated to be the Manning Award Star-of-the-Week.
Davis and the Pirates (3-4, 2-1 C-USA) will go for their third-straight win Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against league foe Tulane (2-6, 1-3 C-USA). The Homecoming game will be televised locally on WITN.