University of Wyoming senior nose tackle Chase Appleby and senior tight end @Jacob were named the Mountain West Conference Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday after leading the Cowboys to a 30-28 win over #13 ranked Boise State last Saturday. It is the first MW Player of the Week honor for both Appleby and Hollister.
Appleby made one of the great defensive plays of the college football season versus Boise State. With his Wyoming Cowboys tied 28-28, Appleby sacked Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien and knocked the ball loose. The ball bounced out of the back of the Broncos’ end zone for a safety that gave Wyoming a 30-28 upset win. It was a very rare game-winning safety. Appleby also had 1.0 sack and 2.0 tackles for loss on the night.
Hollister made critical play after critical play in Wyoming’s 30-28 victory Saturday. Hollister had single-game career highs in receptions (6), yards (144) and touchdown receptions (2) vs. Boise State. He averaged 24.0 yards per reception, with catches of 14 yards, 29, 19, 27, 28 and 27 yards. His catches of 19 and 28 yards were TD receptions. The 19-yard TD catch pulled the Cowboys to within a touchdown, 14-7, of Boise State in the second quarter. His 28-yard touchdown reception cut the Boise State lead to 21-17 with less than a minute to go in the first half. Hollister also had a spectacular catch of 27 yards on the sideline in the fourth quarter with a defender in his face that setup Wyoming’s game-tying touchdown a few plays later. The junior-college transfer was elected a team captain in this his senior season at Wyoming.