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Photo courtesy of Fresno State Athletics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Derek Carr (Fresno State), Andy Jennings (Fresno State) and Allen Hardison (Nevada) and are the Mountain West Players of the Week for games through Sept. 29. Carr earns Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Jennings garners the Defensive Player award and Hardison receives Special Teams recognition. This marks the first career MW weekly award for all three student-athletes.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEREK CARR, FRESNO STATE
Junior, Quarterback, Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS
Junior quarterback Derek Carr had a record-setting night while leading Fresno State to a 52-40 win over San Diego State. Carr set new school and Mountain West single-game records with 42 completions and 579 yards of total offense. He also tied the Fresno State passing record with 536 yards in the game, which was one yard shy of the MW record held BYU’s Max Hall in 2007. Carr was 42-of-56 passing in the contest with five touchdowns and two interceptions. His 500-yard passing game was the fourth in Bulldog history, the last coming on Dec. 31, 2001 when his older brother David threw for 531 yards against Michigan State. It was also the sixth 500-yard passing game in Mountain West history and sixth in the FBS in 2012. Carr’s five touchdown passes tied his career best and is the second-most in program history. He completed passes to seven different receivers, three of which had over 100 yards receiving. The three 100-yard receivers Carr connected with matched the most receivers Fresno State has ever had go over 100 yards in a single game. Carr also rushed five times for 43 yards and was not sacked.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANDY JENNINGS, FRESNO STATE
Junior, Defensive Lineman, Turlock, Calif./Pittman HS
Junior defensive lineman Andy Jennings had a career-high five tackles in Fresno State’s 52-40 win over San Diego State. Jennings recorded two sacks, three tackles for a loss and forced two fumbles, both of which led to touchdowns. His first forced fumble came on a sack in the second quarter when the game was tied at 21, giving Fresno State the ball at the SDSU 18. On the very next Aztec drive, Jennings’ nine-yard tackle for a loss on the SDSU running back forced another fumble that the ’Dogs recovered on the 50-yard line. His two forced turnovers helped Fresno State score 27 unanswered points in the second quarter. Jennings had two of Fresno State’s season-high five sacks and was part of the defensive unit that forced five total turnovers in the game. The Bulldogs held SDSU to 82 total yards in the second half and only 339 for the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALLEN HARDISON, NEVADA
Senior, Kicker, Newport Beach, Calif./UNLV
Senior kicker Allen Hardison connected on all four extra points and made a pair of field goals in Nevada’s 34-21 win at Texas State. Hardison’s first attempt of the game came at the 14:50 mark of the second quarter to give the Wolf Pack a 10-7 lead. With 5:40 remaining in the half, he connected on a season-long 41-yard attempt and pulled Nevada within one of the Bobcats (13-14).