Nov 12, 2013

WEEK 12 GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL NOTES


A full slate of conference games highlights Week 12 in the Pac-12. Washington and 13th-ranked UCLA get things started with a Friday night game on ESPN2 at the Rose Bowl. No. 4 Stanford, fresh off its victory over No. 6 Oregon last Thursday, must travel to resurgent USC in a primetime game on ABC. Utah and Washington State try to move closer to bowl eligibility as they travel to No. 6 Oregon and Arizona, respectively.
It’s a light week in Mountain West action as four league games comprise all the action. Colorado State tries to become bowl eligible by traveling to New Mexico, which must win out to reach a bowl game.

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Notes - Week 12 in PDF format

WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK: A full slate of conference games highlights Week 12 in the Pac-12. Washington and 13th-ranked UCLA get things started with a Friday night game on ESPN2 at the Rose Bowl. No. 4 Stanford, fresh off its victory over No. 6 Oregon last Thursday, must travel to resurgent USC in a primetime game on ABC. Utah and Washington State try to move closer to bowl eligibility as they travel to No. 6 Oregon and Arizona, respectively.
It’s a light week in Mountain West action as four league games comprise all the action. Colorado State tries to become bowl eligible by traveling to New Mexico, which must win out to reach a bowl game. Wyoming will try to bounce back after a rough loss last week to No. 16 Fresno State as it makes the difficult trip to Boise State. San Diego State and San José State both have five wins and will look to become bowl eligible as the teams travel to Hawai‘i and Nevada, respectively. A complete list of each conference’s games is available on the first page of the PDF.

WEEK 11 RECAP: No. 14 Fresno State remained perfect by winning on the road at Wyoming and Utah State also won on the road to become bowl eligible by defeating UNLV 28-24. Meanwhile, San Diego State earned the conference’s third road win of the week by defeating San José State to move both programs to 5-4. New Mexico and Colorado State were the only home teams to win last week as the Lobos defeated Air Force 45-37 and the Rams downed Nevada 38-17.
For the second straight year No. 4 Stanford derailed No. 6 Oregon’s national title hopes, this time with a 26-20 home win over the Ducks. Washington became bowl eligible with a 59-7 home win over Colorado, while No. 13 UCLA earned a key Pact-12 South Division road win over Arizona. Complete results from week 10 are:
11/7 No. 5 Stanford def. No. 3 Oregon, 26-20 / 54,545 11/8 New Mexico def. Air Force, 45-37 / 21,833
11/9 Colorado State def. Nevada, 38-17 / 15,234 USC def. California, 62-28 / 49,199
Navy def. Hawai`i, 42-28 / 33,327 Washington def. Colorado, 59-7 / 66,599
Utah State def. UNLV, 28-24 / 15,062 No. 22 Arizona State def. Utah, 20-19 / 45,183
No. 16 Fresno State def. Wyoming, 48-10 / 15,700 No. 19 UCLA def. Arizona, 31-26 / 51,531
San Diego State def. San José State, 34-30 / 17,932

BOWL PREDICTIONS: It appears that most, but not all, experts predicting bowl matchups feel either Oregon State or Arizona will represent the Pac-12 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. All but one publication thinks one of those two teams will be playing in Albuquerque. Things are a bit murkier when it comes to the Mountain West. Four different teams were picked to represent the conference, with San José State receiving the most attention with four predictions and Colorado State right behind the Spartans with three predictions. Here is the breakdown of what has been selected for the 2013 bowl game:
Athlon Sports: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. Colorado State (MW)
Bleacher Report: Washington (Pac-12) vs. San Diego State (MW)
CBS Sports: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
CFN.Scout.com: Arizona (Pac-12) vs. Colorado State (MW)
ESPN (Mark Schlabach’s pick): Arizona (Pac-12) vs. Colorado State (MW)
ESPN (Brad Edwards’ pick): Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
ESPN (Ted Miller’s pick): Arizona vs. MW
National Football Post: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
Phil Steele: Arizona (Pac-12) vs. San José State (MW)
SB Nation: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. UNLV (MW)
Sports Illustrated: Oregon State (Pac-12) vs. UNLV (MW)

WHO’S GOING BOWLING: There are 35 bowl games scheduled for the 2013-14 postseason equaling 70 slots. BYU was the first team to grab a slot, accepting a bid to the Fight Hunger Bowl. Currently, there are 58 bowl-eligible teams and 26 have already been eliminated, leaving 41 teams that can still become eligible. For the Pac-12, which has seven bowl tie-ins for its 12 members, already has eight teams (Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA and Washington) with the necessary six wins. California has been eliminated from the postseason, while Utah and Washington State require two more wins each, and Colorado must win each of its last three games. The Mountain West, which has six bowl tie-ins for its 12 members, has three teams (Fresno State, Boise State and Utah State) that have already qualified for the postseason and three teams (Colorado State, San José State and UNLV) a single win away from eligible status. Air Force and Hawai`i have been eliminated from bowl eligibility.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: The fourth BCS rankings of the season were announced Sunday evening and the Pac-12 Conference had four representatives among the top 25, while the Mountain West Conference has one. Leading the way is Stanford, which jumped up to No. 4 following its win over Oregon last week. The Ducks fell to No. 6. UCLA and Arizona State came in at No. 13 and No. 19, respectively. For the MW, Fresno State moved up two spots to No. 14 and is positioned to earn an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl.
The latest Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches’ top-25 polls were announced Sunday and the same four Pac-12 teams are ranked in both polls, including two in the Top 10. It’s the 41st consecutive AP polling period where the Pac-12 has had three or more teams ranked in the Top 25. Stanford is No. 5 in both polls while Oregon dropped to 6/7 in the AP and Coaches’ Polls. UCLA moved up in each poll to No. 13/15. Arizona State came in at 21/22.
For the Mountain West, Fresno State moved up one spot in the AP rankings, coming in at No. 16 this week and made a big jump, moving up three spots to No. 14 in the USA Today/Coaches’ poll.

TALE OF THE TURNSTILES: The heads have been counted and during week 10 the Mountain West averaged 28,638 over six games while the Pac-12 averaged 47,061 in four games. The MW’s largest attendance figure came in Fresno, Calif., as the Bulldogs hosted Nevada in front of over 41,000 fans. The Pac-12’s biggest draw was 80,377 in Pasadena, Calif., as the Bruins became bowl eligible with a win over Colorado. Below is a complete breakdown of each team’s attendance figures:

MW Team Home Avg. Road Avg. Neutral Avg. Overall Avg.
Boise State 140,561 35,140 222,594 44,519 --- --- 363,155 40,351
Nevada 107,358 26,840 233,758 46,752 --- --- 341,116 37,902
San Diego State 169,281 33,856 156,309 39,077 --- --- 325,590 36,176
Colorado State 97,052 19,410 179,401 44,850 59,601 59,601 335,054 33,505
Air Force 198,664 33,111 120,672 30,168 --- --- 319,336 31,933
Fresno State 186,024 37,205 91,909 22,977 --- --- 277,933 30,881
Wyoming 104,627 20,925 164,847 41,212 --- --- 269,474 29,941
Hawai`i 124,711 31,178 138,929 27,785 --- --- 267,640 29,293
Utah State 97,967 24,492 186,769 31,128 --- --- 284,736 28,473
New Mexico 121,271 24,254 133,899 33,475 --- --- 255,170 28,352
San José State 57,724 14,431 165,076 33,015 --- --- 222,800 24,755
UNLV 104,602 17,433 137,981 34,495 --- --- 242,583 24,258

PAC-12 Team Home Avg. Road Avg. Neutral Avg. Overall Avg.
UCLA 283,574 70,894 298,904 59,780 --- --- 582,478 64,719
Washington 409,631 68,271 110,481 55,241 47,312 47,312 567,424 63,047
USC 332,241 66,448 279,598 55,919 --- --- 611,839 61,183
Oregon 288,806 57,761 230,824 57,706 --- --- 519,630 57,736
California 345,303 57,550 207,587 69,196 --- --- 552,890 55,289
Arizona State 297,046 59,409 116,194 38,731 66,960 66,960 480,230 53,358
Colorado 156,521 39,130 241,359 60,339 59,601 59,601 457,481 50,831
Utah 271,338 45,223 179,056 59,685 --- --- 450,394 50,043
Arizona 197,856 49,464 237,533 47,507 --- --- 435,116 48,346
Washington State 115,220 28,805 264,549 66,137 40,095 40,095 419,864 46,652
Stanford 257,241 51,448 129,535 43,178 40,095 40,095 426,871 47,430
Oregon State 214,005 42,801 153,980 38,495 --- --- 367,985 40,887

THEISMANN SET TO SPEAK AT KICKOFF LUNCH: Joe Theismann was announced as the featured guest speaker at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl annual kickoff luncheon hosted by Isleta Resort and Casino on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11:30 a.m. A very limited number of tickets are available to the public for $75 and can be purchased by calling the Gildan New Mexico Bowl office at 505-925-5999. Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. He spent the last two decades working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast and the NFL Network. A 1971 graduate of University of Notre Dame, Theismann received All-American honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls and was runner-up to Jim Plunkett in the Heisman Trophy balloting. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Today, Theismann oversees a popular Washington DC restaurant that bears his name. Staying true to his concern for children, he is a member on the Sports Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME: The Mountain West and Pac-12 were slated to face each other 11 times in the regular season before squaring off in the eighth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl. After week 1, the Pac-12 was undefeated at 5-0, outscoring the MW 39.4-18.4 per game. Week 2 did not turn out any more favorably for the MW, which went 0-3 against the Pac-12 and was outscore by an average of 42-13. Week 3’s only match-up (Fresno State at Colorado) was postponed due to flooding in Colorado and will not be made up this season. Week 4 was the last of the games on tap and the Pac-12 narrowly took the W in both.
This year, the MW’s Hawai`i and Utah State take on the rival league the most (two times each) while three Pac-12 programs (Colorado, Oregon State and USC) play MW members twice. Air Force, New Mexico and Wyoming are the only MW members that do not have a game against a Pac-12 member this season. Arizona State, California, Oregon and Washington State do not have a Mountain West team on tap this year. Below is a week-by-week breakdown of the regular season match-ups:
Week 1 - Utah (Pac-12) def. Utah State (MW), 30-26; USC (Pac-12) def. Hawai`i (MW), 30-13; UCLA (Pac-12)
def. Nevada (MW), 58-20; Washington (Pac-12) def. Boise State (MW), 38-6; Colorado (Pac-12) def.
Colorado State (MW), 41-27
Week 2 - Oregon State (Pac-12) def. Hawai`i (MW), 33-14; Stanford (Pac-12) def. San José State (MW), 34-13;
Arizona (Pac-12) def. UNLV (MW), 58-13
Week 3 - Fresno State (MW) at Colorado (Pac-12), cancelled
Week 4 - Oregon State (Pac-12) def. San Diego State (MW), 34-30; USC (Pac-12) def. Utah State (MW), 17-14
Last year, the Pac-12 won the regular season series, 4-3, averaging 28.9 points per game while the MW averaged 28.0 points per game. The league went on to pick up its first Gildan New Mexico Bowl win with a miraculous come-from-behind 49-48 victory by Arizona.

NEW MEXICO BOWL CONNECTIONS: The NFL required teams to make final roster cuts by Saturday, Aug. 31. There are currently 38 former collegiate athletes who played in at least one of the previous New Mexico Bowls and is listed as active, practice squad or injured reserve. Four, Arizona’s Matt Scott, and Zach Sudfeld, Duke Williams and Khalid Wooten of Nevada, participated in last year’s game. Below is a complete list of the athletes:
Seyi Ajirotutu (2008 & ‘09, FS) - WR, San Diego Chargers Alvester Alexander (2009 & ‘11, WYO) - RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Ezekiel Ansah (2010, BYU) - DE, Detroit Lions Joe Banyard (2010, UTEP) - RB, Minnesota Vikings
Chris Carter (2009, FS) - LB, Pittsburgh Steelers Tashaun Gipson (2009 & ‘11, WYO) - Cleveland Browns
Isaiah Green (2008 & ‘09, FS) - Pittsburgh Steelers Virgil Green (2007, NEV) - TE, Denver Broncos
Bryce Harris (2008 & ‘09) - T, New Orleans Saints Ben Jacobs (2008 & ‘09, FS) - LB, Carolina Panthers
AJ Jefferson (2009, FS) - CB, Minnesota Vikings James Jones (2006, SJSU) - WR, Green Bay Packers
Colin Kaepernick (2007, NEV) - QB, San Francisco 49ers Dwight Lowery (2006, SJSU) - DB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Mauga (2007, NEV) - LB, NY Jets Robert Malone (2008 & ‘09, FS) - P, NY Jets
Ryan Mathews (2008 & ‘09, FS) - RB, San Diego Chargers Marlon Moore (2008 & 2009, FS) - WR, San Francisco 49ers
Chris Owens (2006, SJSU) - DB, Cleveland Browns Bear Pascoe (2008, FS) - TE, New York Giants
Bernard Pierce (2011, TEM) - RB, Baltimore Ravens Chris Prosinski (2009, WYO) - S, Jacksonville Jaguars
Glover Quin (2006 & ‘07, UNM) - SS, Detroit Lions Matt Reynolds (2010, BYU) - T, Kansas City Chiefs
Evan Rodriguez (2011, TEM) - RB, Miami Dolphins Matt Scott (2012, ARIZ) - QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shelley Smith (2008, CSU) - OG, St. Louis Rams Kory Sperry (2008, CSU) - TE, Arizona Cardinals
Rod Streater (2011, TEM) - WR, Oakland Raiders Zach Sudfeld (2012, NEV) - New England Patriots
Robert Turner (2006, UNM) - G/C, Tennessee Titans Mitch Unrein (2009, WYO) - DT, Denver Broncos
Martin Wallace (2011, TEM) - OL, Cleveland Browns Tahir Whitehead (2011, TEM) - LB, Detroit Lions
Duke Williams (2012, NEV) - S, Buffalo Bills Khalid Wooten (2012, NEV) - CB, Tennessee Titans
Devon Wylie (2008 & ‘09, FS) - WR, Kansas City Chiefs John Youboty (2011, TEM) - DE, Denver Broncos

2013 GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL: The 2013 game, slated for Dec. 21 at Noon MT/2 p.m. ET, will be the eighth annual bowl played at University Stadium in Albuquerque. The 2013 game marks the fifth consecutive year that the Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kick off the postseason and the sixth straight year the game will be played on first day of the bowl season.
The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is partnered with the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences, provided the league produces enough bowl-eligible teams. The Mountain West representative is scheduled to be the home team this year. The home team has lost in two of the last three games.

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NEW FACES: San José State and Utah State became official members of the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013. The addition of the Spartans and Aggies brings the full-time membership of the Mountain West to 11 institutions and 12 football-playing members. Beginning in the fall of 2013, MW football membership includes Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV in the West Division.
On the sidelines, the Mountain West welcomes three new head football coaches in 2013, including two who are taking charge of a program for the first time in their coaching careers. Nevada is under the direction of first-year head coach Brian Polian. Both of the MW’s incoming members are also be under the guidance of first-year head coaches in San José State’s Ron Caragher and Utah State’s Matt Wells. The Pac-12 North Division adds two new coaches with California’s Sonny Dykes
and Oregon’s Mark Helfrich, while the South Division welcomes Mike MacIntyre to head Colorado’s football program. That’s seven new coaches in the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences over the last two years.

OREGON PREDICTED TO WIN PAC-12 TITLE: Oregon is the favorite to win the 2013 Pac-12 Conference football title in a preseason poll of media members who cover the league. The Ducks were listed in the top spot in the North Division by 15 of the 26 voters participating in the poll, collecting 145 points. Fourteen of those pollsters tabbed the Ducks to come out on top in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Stanford was picked to finish second in the North Division, collecting 11 first-place votes in the balloting for the division race.
UCLA was picked to win the South Division, garnering 135 points and 12 first-place votes, while Arizona State, which tallied 10 first-place votes, and collected 130 points, was pegged a close second in this year’s poll. USC was predicted by the voters to finish third in the South Division, claiming the remaining four first place votes.
The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 28 of 52 previous polls, including 11 of the last 13.

Boise State, Fresno State Picked to Win 2013 Mountain West Football Divisional Titles: Boise State was predicted to win the 2013 Mountain West Football Mountain Division title, while Fresno State was chosen to finish atop the West Division, the league announced at its annual Media Days, being held at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in July.
This season marks the first time in Conference history for divisional play. Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming make up the Mountain Division, with Fresno State, Hawai‘i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV comprising the West Division. The two divisional winners will meet in the inaugural MW Championship Game, which will be held Dec. 7, 2013 at the home stadium of the divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.
The Broncos compiled a 7-1 league record in 2012 to share their first MW title with the Bulldogs and Aztecs. They received 40 first-place votes, and earned a total of 245 points in a poll of media members. Boise State posted an 11-2 overall mark in 2012 and finished the year ranked No. 14 and No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches and Associated Press final polls, respectively. Boise State returns four starters from a defensive unit that led the Mountain West in scoring defense and ranked eighth nationally at 15.77 points per game last season. The Bronco defense also boasted a 1.54 turnover margin in 2012, second-best in the nation. Offensively, five starters return, including senior quarterback Joe Southwick and 2012 All-MW second-team wide receiver Matt Miller, a junior.
Fresno State, which finished its first season of Mountain West play as tri-champions with a 7-1 mark (9-4 overall) in 2012, garnered 39 first-place votes and a total of 243 points in the poll. Senior quarterback Derek Carr, the 2012 MW Offensive Player of the Year, heads up a group of seven starters returning to lead the Bulldog offense. Last season, Fresno State ranked 17th in the country in scoring offense (37.92 ppg) and 12th in passing offense (325.62). Eight players return to a defensive squad that ranked second in the country in passing defense (167.15 ypg), 22nd in total defense (338.85 ypg), 37th in scoring defense (23.85 ppg) and tied for seventh in turnover margin (1.15 tpg).
Utah State, which enters its first season in the Mountain West, totaled one first-place vote and 204 points for second place in the Mountain Division poll. The Aggies finished their final season in the Western Athletic Conference with a perfect 6-0 mark (11-2 overall), and were listed No. 16 and 17 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches final rankings, respectively. Eight starters return on the offensive side of the ball for Utah State, while the defensive unit brings back seven starters. Air Force (143 points), Wyoming (116 points), Colorado State (90 points) and New Mexico (63 points) rounded out the Mountain Division poll.
San Diego State earned one first-place vote and 181 points for second place in the West Division poll. The Aztecs return seven offensive and nine defensive starters from a 2012 squad that posted a 7-1 league record (9-4 overall) en route to claiming its first MW crown as tri-champions. San José State also embarks on its first season of MW play in 2013, and is predicted to finish third in the West Division with one first-place vote and 172 points. The Spartans are coming off a 2012 campaign that saw them finish second in the WAC (5-1) and 11-2 overall. They were ranked No. 21 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls at the end of last season. Nevada (135 points), UNLV (71 points) and Hawai‘i (59 points) complete the West Division poll.

MOUNTAIN WEST SIGNS NATIONAL TELEVISION DEAL WITH ESPN: The Mountain West Conference announced it has reached agreement with ESPN to be a national television rights holder for Conference-controlled football and men’s basketball games. The agreement, which begins with the 2013-14 season, was announced by Burke Magnus, ESPN senior vice president, college sports and Craig Thompson, MW Commissioner. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
CBS Sports Network remains the primary rights holder for the Mountain West. As part of this new agreement, CBS Sports Network and ESPN will alternate game selections (after initial picks by CBSSN) in football and men’s basketball with ESPN controlling the rights to Boise State home football games. CBS Sports Network retains the rights to Bronco road football contests.
Between the two networks, up to 44 football and 56 men’s basketball games will be televised annually on their various platforms. The CBS Sports Network and ESPN agreements are scheduled to run concurrently through 2019-20.
The Mountain West is in the process of negotiating an agreement for the inaugural MW Football Championship Game with CBS Sports Network, and has retained rights to sell additional packages on the MW Digital Network and to regional/local carriers.

CBS SPORTS SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL TO BROADCAST MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: CBS Sports has signed a multi-year deal to broadcast the Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game. CBS Sports will broadcast the inaugural title match-up live on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:00 pm, ET from the home stadium of the regular-season Mountain West divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking.
CBS Sports Network serves as the Mountain West’s primary television partner and will air 23 games this season featuring MW teams, with CBS Sports airing one regular-season contest (Air Force vs. Navy) in addition to the championship match-up. CBS Sports’ college football championship coverage on December 7 begins earlier in the day with the SEC Championship (4:00 PM, ET) from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

BIBBS, LAWSONE & ROBERTS NAMED
MW PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado State sophomore running back Kapri Bibbs has been named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, while Utah State senior cornerback Nevin Lawson and Colorado State junior placekicker Jared Roberts earned MW Defensive and Special Teams honors, respectively. It is the second career MW weekly accolade for Roberts, while Bibbs and Lawson garner their first award.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KAPRI BIBBS, COLORADO STATE
Sophomore, Running Back, Plainfield, Ill./Snow College
· Carried the ball 30 times for career-highs of 312 rushing yards and four touchdowns in Colorado State’s 38-17 victory over Nevada.
· The 312 rushing yards is a new school record, breaking the previous mark of 310 held by Tony Alford’s at Utah on Oct. 28, 1989. The 312 rushing yards are also the most by an MW player this season and rank as the second-highest single-game performance in the FBS overall, trailing only Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch (316 vs. Central Michigan on Oct. 19).
· Became only the second player in Mountain West history to top the 300-yard rushing mark in a single game. His 312 yards trail the league record of 338, established by New Mexico’s Kasey Carrier (Oct. 20, 2012 at Air Force).
· The 312 rushing yards also set the MW sophomore class record for a single game, surpassing the previous record of 269, set by Ram teammate Chris Nwoke (Nov. 26, 2011 vs. Air Force).
· Also had one reception for two yards to finish with a career-best 314 all-purpose yards, setting a new MW sophomore-class record for a single game. The previous sophomore record of 305 yards was held by San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman (Oct. 29, 2011 vs. Wyoming).
· The 314 all-purpose yards tie Air Force’s Anthony LaCoste for the most by an MW player this season, and the seventh-most nationally.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
NEVIN LAWSON, UTAH STATE
Senior, Cornerback, Lauderhill, Fla./Piper HS
· Recorded four solo tackles, including one for loss, to go along with one interception and two pass breakups as Utah State turned back UNLV 28-24.
· His tackle for loss was on a UNLV fake field goal attempt in the second quarter.
· Intercepted his fourth pass of the season and sixth of his career at the beginning of the third quarter in the end zone with the Rebels leading, 17-14.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JARED ROBERTS, COLORADO STATE
Junior, Placekicker, Denver, Colo./Mullen HS
· Roberts connected on all three of his field-goal attempts, tying a career-best for most field goals made in a single-game as Colorado State defeated Nevada 38-17.
· On the Rams’ first drive, Roberts hit a 23-yarder and late in the first half he connected on a 46-yarder, his second-longest of the season. In the third quarter, Roberts made his final field goal from 20 yards out.
· Was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra-point attempts and finished the game with 12 points.
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JACK, SKOV and AGHOLOR
Named Pac-12 Players of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. --Linebacker/running back Myles Jack of UCLA, linebacker Shayne Skov of STANFORD and wide receiver/punt returner Nelson Agholor of USC have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Jack, a freshman from Bellevue, Wash., played on the offensive side of the ball for the first time this season, keying a 31-26 Bruin win over Arizona in Tucson on Saturday night. He rushed for 120 yards on six carries, including a 66-yard dash for a touchdown to extend UCLA’s lead late in the fourth quarter. Jack’s rushing total is tied for 10th on the all-time school freshman list while the 66-yard scamper is the fourth longest by a freshman in program history. Playing in his true position at linebacker, Jack added eight tackles, a tackle for loss, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in the end zone as the Bruin defense held off the Wildcats for the win.
Skov, a fifth-year senior from Guadalajara, Mexico., led a Stanford defense that stifled the No. 2-ranked Oregon offense en route to a 26-20 win on Thursday night at Stanford Stadium. He collected a team-leading nine tackles, including two tackles for loss, and added two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup as the Cardinal limited a Duck rushing attack that was averaging 331.5 yards a game to just 62 total yards rushing. Both of Skov’s forced fumbles ended Oregon scoring chances, including a forced fumble and fumble recovery inside the five-yard line as the Ducks were looking to pull within seven in the first half.
Agholor, a sophomore from Tampa, Fla., turned in a record-setting day as the Trojan’s punt returner in a 62-28 win at California on Saturday afternoon. He returned punts of 75 and 93 yards for touchdowns to tie a Pac-12 record for punts returned for touchdowns in a single game, while the 93-yard return tied for second-longest in program history and 168 total punt return yards broke USC’s single-game mark. Agholor added 35 yards on four receptions and a 12-yard kickoff return to bring his all-purpose yards total to 215, good for an average of 30.7 yards per touch.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Marion Grice of ARIZONA STATE and Tyler Gaffney of Stanford; tailback Javorius Allen of USC; and quarterback Keith Price of WASHINGTON. Also nominated for defensive player of the week honors were linebackers Myles Jack of UCLA and Jason Whittingham of UTAH; and defensive tackle Will Sutton of Arizona State. Also nominated for special teams player of the week honors were punters Sean Covington of UCLA and Tom Hackett of Utah; and Stanford place-kicker Jordan Williamson.
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