Mountain West Names Football Players of the Week
Oct. 29, 2012
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEREK CARR, FRESNO STATE
Junior, Quarterback, Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS
Junior quarterback Derek Carr led Fresno State back from a 21-0 deficit to register a 49-32 win at New Mexico, throwing for 416 yards and four touchdowns. The Bakersfield, Calif., native completed 31-of-44 passes (70.4 percent) with one interception while orchestrating an offensive effort that outscored the Lobos by a 35-8 margin in the second half. The 400-yard performance was Carr's second of 2012, tying the Mountain West record for most 400-yard passing games in a season. With Fresno State trailing 24-14 at intermission, Carr threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter to give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game. His first TD of the second half was a 21-yarder to Marcel Jensen that cut UNM's lead to three, 24-21 at 9:46 of the third quarter. Then just over two minutes later, Carr connected with Davante Adams on a third-and-15 for an 89-yard touchdown pass that put the Bulldogs on top for good. The 89-yard pass play marked the fourth-longest in the FBS this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JAKE FELY, SAN DIEGO STATE
Sophomore, Linebacker, Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside HS
Sophomore linebacker Jake Fely amassed a team- and game-tying-high 11 tackles, including eight solo stops, in San Diego State's 24-13 victory over UNLV on Saturday. The Oceanside, Calif., product also matched a career-best with 2.0 sacks while forcing his first fumble of the season. The victory made the Aztecs bowl-eligible for the third consecutive season and stretched their win streak to four games.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PETE KONTODIAKOS, COLORADO STATE
Senior, Punter, Tarpon Springs, Fla./Countryside HS
Senior Pete Kontodiakos registered 247 yards on four punts as Colorado State snapped a six-game losing streak with a 42-27 victory over Hawai`i on Saturday. The Tarpon Springs, Fla., native recorded punts of 72, 60, 59 and 56 yards, with two falling inside the Warriors' 15-yard line. His 61.8 punting average in the contest shattered the previous MW single-game record of 58.0, held by BYU's Matt Payne (Nov. 2, 2002 vs. San Diego State), and marked the third-best performance by an FBS player this season, trailing Western Michigan's J. Schroeder (66.0 vs. Massachusetts) and USC's Kyle Negrete (64.0 vs. Colorado).