Courtesy of Conference USA
IRVING, Texas â€“ East Carolina junior QB Dominique Davis has been named Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for a career-high 383 yards and five TDs in the Pirates thrilling 51-49 win over Tulsa. Tulane sophomore LB Trent Mackey earned Defensive Player of the Week honors after a big performance in first game in a Green Wave uniform. Special Teams recognition went to SMU senior K/P Matt Szymanski, who had a school-record 61-yard field goal at Texas Tech.
Davis accounted for six of seven East Carolina touchdowns to lift the Pirates past Tulsa in a 51-49 Conference USA victory. He completed 27-of-46 passes for 383 yards and five TDs â€“ those coming on 30, 43, 6, 34 and 33-yard passes. Davisâ€™ 33-yard game-winning toss to redshirt freshman Justin Jones with no time remaining erased a 49-45 deficit. He also scored on a two-yard run before finishing the contest as ECUâ€™s second-leading rusher with 29 yards on 11 carries. Davisâ€™ five TD passes were the most by an East Carolina quarterback since Jeff Blake threw five vs. Southern Miss on Nov. 9, 1991 â€“ a span of 219 games. He also recorded the sixth-highest single-game passing total by a Pirate QB in Dowdy-Stadium history and posted the highest opening-day passing total by an ECU player in school history, besting a 333-yard total by Michael Anderson vs. Syracuse in 1992.
A Louisiana native and transfer from Duke, Mackey earned the start in his first game at Tulane and chalked up a career and game-high 13 tackles (5 solo), including 2.0 stops for minus eights yards and also forced a fumble in leading the Green Wave to a 27-21 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. It was the first time Mackey stepped on the field for competition since the 2008 season when he played mostly special teams for the Blue Devils. He sat out the 2009 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Szymanski hit a career-best and SMU record 61-yard FG with 12:00 left in the fourth quarter at Texas Tech. The 61-yarder is the second-longest in C-USA history. He was two-for-two on field goal attempts and three-for-three on PATs on the day and also boasted a 49.3-yard punt average, which is the second-highest single-game average of his career.