Brown, Rouse Named MW Players of the Week
Nov. 12, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Fresno State linebacker Travis Brown and running back Robbie Rouse have been named the Mountain West Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced Monday.
This is the third time this year the Bulldogs have had a defensive and offensive player collect the weekly awards for the same game. Fresno State has now had four players on offense, four on defense and two on special teams receive the MW's weekly player of the week award this season.
For Rouse, this is the second time this year he has been named the offensive player of the week. This is Brown's first Mountain West weekly award, although he received the WAC Defensive Player of the Week award twice before in his career.
Brown was also named the National Linebacker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards on Sunday.
Rouse rushed for a season-high 261 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns in Fresno State's 52-36 win at Nevada. Rouse averaged 7.2 yards per carry, had a long run of 42 yards and recorded six carries of 10 yards or more.
Of his 261 rushing yards,174 and both touchdowns came in the second half. His biggest play in the game came with just under six minutes remaining in the third quarter when he broke five tackles en route to a 39-yard touchdown run that gave the Bulldogs a 44-21 lead.
Rouse's 261 yards are the third-most in school history and mark the second-highest rushing performance in the MW this year. It was his third career 200-yard rushing game, which set a new school record and that is now the ninth school record he owns.
Brown tied his season-high with nine tackles to help lead Fresno State to the win at Nevada. Brown created one of Fresno State's four takeaways and scored one of three defensive touchdowns for the Bulldogs. With 8:45 to go in the third quarter, Brown stopped Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson for a one-yard gain and stripped Jefferson of the football. The ball bounced into Brown's arms and he dashed 26 yards for the touchdown. His play gave Fresno State a 38-21 lead.
The Bulldogs forced Nevada into turnovers on each of its first three possessions of the second half, helping to break a 21-21 halftime tie. Brown and the Bulldogs held Jefferson, who came into the contest as the nation's leading rusher, to just 95 yards on the ground.
Eight of Brown's nine tackles were solo efforts and he also had one pass breakup in the game.
The Fresno State Bulldogs have a bye this weekend before returning home to host Air Force on Nov. 24. With a win, the Bulldogs can capture at least a share of their first conference title since 1999. The game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. and tickets are available at the Fresno State Ticket Office.
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