Sept. 24, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith was named the Mountain West Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. He shares this week's award with Nevada junior running back Stefphon Jefferson.
Smith threw for career highs in passing yards (365) and touchdown passes (5) as he led Wyoming to a 40-37 overtime road win at Idaho. His 365 passing yards rank as the best single-game performance in the Mountain West this season and the 18th best performance in the NCAA this season.
Smith completed 65.7 percent of his passes (23 of 35) versus the Vandals, and guided Wyoming on scoring drives of 75, 90, 97 and 78 yards. Smith added 22 yards rushing for 387 yards of total offense on the day - his second best total in his college career.
He connected with senior wide receiver Chris McNeill on eight of those completions for 219 yards. Included among Smith's and McNeill's connections were a 73-yard touchdown pass and an 80-yard connection.
In overtime with Wyoming trailing 34-37 following a Vandal field goal on its first possession of OT, Smith threw to the end zone on the Cowboys' first play of overtime and hit sophomore Jalen Claiborne on a 25-yard TD pass to give the Cowboys the win.
Not only did Smith set personal bests in passing yards and touchdown passes in a single game, but his 387 yards of total offense moved him into 10th place on the Wyoming career total offense list, with 4,414 career yards.
Nevada's Jefferson broke Nevada and Mountain West records and tied the NCAA single-game record for most touchdowns scored, with seven TDs in Nevada's 69-24 road win at Hawai'i. He also rushed for 170 yards on 31 carries and caught three passes for 76 yards.