Sept. 24, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming senior wide receiver Chris McNeill and sophomore quarterback Brett Smith were recognized by College Football Performance Awards on Monday for their play last Saturday in a 40-37 Wyoming overtime win over Idaho. Both earned Honorable Mention Performance of the Week honors at their respective positions.
McNeill was one of only nine wide receivers nationally recognized this week, and Smith was one of only 10 quarterbacks across the country to be honored.
McNeill caught eight passes for 219 yards and one touchdown versus the Vandals. His 219 yards receiving was the best of his career and makes him only the fifth player in 116 seasons of University of Wyoming football history to have over 200 yards receiving in a single game. The other four were: Marcus Harris (two games of 200 or more receiving yards), James Loving (one 200-yard game), Ryan Yarborough (six 200-yard games) and Scottie Vines (one 200-yard game).
McNeill's 219 receiving yards ranks as the third best in the NCAA this season, the sixth best single-game total in Wyoming school history and the sixth best single-game total in Mountain West Conference history.
McNeill's eight catches included a spectacular 73-yard TD reception and an 80-yard catch and run that led to another UW touchdown. That 80-yard reception ties him for the 10th longest reception in the NCAA this season.
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.
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.
Earlier this season, UW junior wide receiver Robert Herron was recognized by College Football Performance Awards as its national wide receiver of the week for his performance vs. Texas. Cowboy sophomore place-kicker Stuart Williams was also recognized as an Honorable Mention place-kicker of the week earlier this year for his performance vs. Toledo.