Boise State RB Alexander Mattison, Nevada S Dameon Baber and Boise State P./K Joel Velazquez win weekly awards
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boise State sophomore running back Alexander Mattison garnered Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week honors. Nevada junior safety Dameon Baber was tabbed MW Defensive Player of the Week, while Boise State redshirt-freshman punter/kicker Joel Velazquez was named Special Teams Players of the Week. The honors were awarded for games played November 11. It is the first career weekly Conference award for Mattison and Velazquez and the third for Baber.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALEXANDER MATTISON, BOISE STATE
Sophomore, Running Back, San Bernardino, California / San Bernardino HS
Led Boise State to a come-from-behind 59-52 overtime victory over MW Mountain Division foe Colorado State.
Rushed 23 times for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
The 242 rushing yards and three TDs are both career highs.The 242 rushing yards are the third-most in program single-game history.
Scored the game-winner from four yards out in the first overtime.
Also recorded 44 receiving yards, finishing with 286 yards of total offense, the single-game program record.
Scored on runs of 70, 26 and four yards.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAMEON BABER, NEVADA
Junior, Safety, Palmdale, California / Palmdale HS
Recorded three interceptions totaling 139 return yards and two touchdowns, including a 100-yard touchdown return, the longest in program history and the third 100-yard interception returned for a score in Mountain West history.
Is the second FBS player this season to return two interceptions for touchdowns.
Added a third touchdown on the day when he returned a blocked punt six yards for the go-ahead score in the first quarter, putting Nevada ahead 14-7.
This was Baber's second career game with three interceptions, becoming the first player in Mountain West history to record multiple career outings with three picks. His three interceptions tied the Conference's single-game record.
Is just the third player in NCAA history to score three touchdowns via return (joining Johnny Jackson in 1987 and Antonio Perkins in 2003). He is the second player this season to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the NCAA.
Is the seventh player this season to have three interceptions in a single game.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOEL VELAZQUEZ, BOISE STATE
Redshirt-Freshman, Kicker/Punter, Mission Viejo, California / Trabuco Hills HS
With1:41remaining inSaturday’scontest at Colorado State, successfully kicked an onside kick that was recovered by the Broncos. Boise State went on to score, tying the game which it eventually won in overtime.
Also punted twice, averaging 40 yards per punt with a long of 44 yards.