Mountain West Football Players of the Week - Week 1

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wyoming sophomore quarterback Josh Allen has been tabbed the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, while New Mexico senior linebacker Dakota Cox and junior kicker Jason Sanders garnered MW Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week honors, respectively. It is the second career Mountain West weekly honor for Cox and first for Allen and Sanders. 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOSH ALLEN, WYOMING
Sophomore, Quarterback, Firebaugh, California / Reedley CC

  • Completed 19-of-29 passes (65.5 percent) for 245 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Wyoming’s 40-34 triple-overtime victory over Northern Illinois. He also ran for 70 yards on 10 attempts and had one rushing TD.
  • Accounted for 315 yards of total offense while leading the Cowboys to 488 yards of total offense in the victory.
  • Scored the winning touchdown on a seven-yard scramble in the third overtime to give Wyoming the win.
  • His game-winning touchdown came on a third-down and four play and was one of five third-down plays he converted into first downs or scores on the night.  His third-down conversions included the seven-yard winning TD scamper, a 15-yard run and pass completions of 14, 13 and five yards.
  • Connected with seven different receivers in the game, including two wide outs that posted 100-yard receiving games.  Senior Tanner Gentry ended with 104 yards receiving, and fellow senior Jake Malhaurdt had 106 yards.
  • Was responsible for three of Wyoming's five touchdowns (two passing and 1 rushing).
  • In the second half and overtime, completed 77.8 percent of his passes (14-of-18) for 190 yards.
  • Engineered scoring drives of 30 yards, 52 yards, 75 yards and 80 yards in regulation, plus two TD drives in the three overtime periods.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAKOTA COX, NEW MEXICO
Senior, Linebacker, Draper, Utah / Juan Diego HS

  • Recorded a team-high 14 tackles (nine solo), including two for losses of eight yards, two tackles for zero gain and one sack for six yards. He also forced a fumble and picked off a pass in New Mexico’s 48-21 win over South Dakota.  
  • The two forced turnovers came in the second half.  The first was a sack/fumble that ended South Dakota’s opening drive and led to a field goal.  His second, a diving interception, came on the first play of the fourth quarter and led to the Lobos’ final touchdown.  
  • Led a defense that allowed just 158 yards over the final 11 drives, in which the Coyotes scored just once.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JASON SANDERS, NEW MEXICO
Junior, Kicker, Orange, California / Villa Park HS

  • Was perfect on the night going 6-for-6 on extra points and hitting multiple field goals for the first time in his career in New Mexico’s 48-21 victory over Souith Dakota. 
  • Went 2-for-2 on field goals, hitting from 27 and 22 yards.  
  • Recorded eight touchbacks on nine kickoffs, while and the other kickoff that didn’t make the end zone was only returned 13 yards.