Story courtesy of the Mountain West Conference
Photo courtesy of Fresno State Athletics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Derek Carr (Fresno State), Adam Muema (San Diego State), John Hardy-Tuliau (Hawai‘i) and Ben Skaer (New Mexico) are the Mountain West Players of the Week for games through Nov. 24. Carr and Muema share Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Hardy-Tuliau garners the Defensive Player award and Skaer receives Special Teams recognition. This marks the third career MW weekly accolade for Carr, and first for Muema, Hardy-Tuliau and Skaer.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DEREK CARR, FRESNO STATE
Junior, Quarterback, Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS
Junior quarterback Derek Carr completed 28-of-32 passes for 452 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions as the Bulldogs defeated Air Force 48-15. The win gave Fresno State a share of the Mountain West football crown, marking the Bulldogs’ first league title since 1999. Carr’s .875 completion percentage set a new school record while ranking as the best single-game performance by a junior in MW history (third overall). His third 400-yard passing game of the year also established a new MW single-season record. The Bakersfield, Calif., native completed his first nine passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in the first 21 minutes of the game. Included in those first nine passes were completions of 28, 64 (touchdown), 36 (touchdown) and 53 yards. Overall, Carr completed eight passes of over 20 yards and averaged 16.1 yards per completion while extending his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 126.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ADAM MUEMA, SAN DIEGO STATE
Sophomore, Running Back, Covina, Calif./Charter Oak HS
Sophomore running back Adam Muema rushed for career-highs of 255 yards and four touchdowns to lead San Diego State to a 42-28 come-from-behind victory at Wyoming. The win was the seventh straight for the Aztecs, who clinched a share of the Mountain West title, their first league crown since 1998. Muema’s 255 rushing yards were the most for an Aztec since Larry Ned had 285 in 2001, while the four rushing touchdowns are tied for the fifth-most in a game in SDSU history and fourth-most in MW history. Muema scored on runs of 6, 2, 34 and 82 yards, the latter of which was the second-longest of his career. Muema helped San Diego State gain an even 400 yards of rushing, the program’s most since recording 430 on Sept. 14, 1991 vs. Pacific.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOHN HARDY-TULIAU, HAWAI‘I
Junior, Defensive Back, Temecula, Calif./Vista Murrieta HS
Junior defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau registered six tackles (five solo), two interceptions and two pass breakups as Hawai‘i snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 48-10 win over UNLV. The Temecula, Calif., product scored his first career touchdown on a 38-yard interception return in the second quarter that extended the Warriors lead to 28-0. It was the program’s first interception returned for a touchdown since Richard Torres recorded a 49-yard pick six at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 11, 2011. Hardy-Tuliau also had a 16-yard interception return late in the fourth quarter. He helped aid a Warrior defense that limited the Rebels to just one first down and 35 yards of total offense in the first half.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BEN SKAER, NEW MEXICO
Junior, Punter, Waterloo, Ill./Waterloo HS
New Mexico junior Ben Skaer registered five punts for 252 yards and a career-best 50.4 average in the Lobos’ 24-20 loss at Colorado State. Three of the Waterloo, Ill., native’s five punts landed inside the CSU 10-yard line, while a fourth was a career-long 64-yarder that resulted in a touchback. New Mexico finished the contest with a net punt average of 46.0 yards.