Story courtesy of the Mountain West Conference
Photo courtesy of New Mexico Athletics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kasey Carrier (New Mexico), Alex Means (Air Force) and Chance Marden (San Diego State) are the Mountain West Players of the Week for games through Oct. 20. Carrier earns Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Means garners the Defensive Player award and Marden receives Special Teams recognition. This marks the second career MW weekly accolade each for Carrier and Means, and the first for Marden.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KASEY CARRIER, NEW MEXICO
Junior, Running Back, Pearland, Texas/Pearland HS
Junior running back Kasey Carrier became the first player in Mountain West history to rush for over 300 yards in a single game, finishing with a league-record 338 yards in a 28-23 loss at Air Force on Saturday. Carrier’s performance surpassed the previous MW single-game record of 285 yards, shared by Colorado State’s Gartrell Johnson (Dec. 20, 2008 vs. Fresno State) and San Diego State’s Larry Ned (Oct. 6, 2001 vs. Eastern Illinois). His 338 rushing yards are the most by an FBS player in 2012, and mark the only 300-yard performance in the FBS this season. Carrier also had one reception for five yards to finish the game with 343 all-purpose yards. That sets a league record for most all-purpose yards in a MW-only game, eclipsing the 305 yards registered by San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman against Wyoming on Oct. 29, 2011. Carrier also set a new junior class record for all-purpose yardage in a single game, surpassing the previous mark of 300 (BYU’s Luke Staley vs. Utah State on Oct. 5, 2001).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEX MEANS, AIR FORCE
Senior, Linebacker, Mankato, Minn./Mankato East HS
Senior linebacker Alex Means recorded a season-high-tying 10 tackles, including five solo stops, in Air Force’s 28-23 win over New Mexico. The Mankato, Minn., native also had one sack for 10 yards, 1.5 tackles for loss for 12 yards and one pass breakup. He registered his second interception of the season and returned it a career-best 65 yards for his first career touchdown to give the Falcons the first lead of the game, 14-10, late in the second quarter. Late in the fourth quarter and with Air Force holding a five-point lead, Means assisted on a tackle for loss on fourth-and-four at the Falcons’ 12-yard line, ending a New Mexico drive and returning the ball to the Academy with 3:57 remaining in the game.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHANCE MARDEN, SAN DIEGO STATE
Senior, Kicker, Fremont, Calif./Washington HS
Senior kicker Chance Marden scored a career-high 11 points while helping San Diego State to a 39-38, come-from-behind victory in overtime at Nevada. The Fremont, Calif., product was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and made both of his PATs. Marden connected on kicks of 39, 46 and 35 yards with the latter coming as time expired in regulation, forcing the game into overtime. The 46-yarder in the second quarter was a career-long for Marden.