Sept. 27, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Alex Smith (Utah), Ryan Smith (Utah), Derrick Martin (Wyoming) and Josh Barge (Wyoming) were named Mountain West Conference Players of the Week. Smith claims Offensive Player of the Week, Smith and Martin share Defensive honors, while Barge receives Special Teams recognition. Alex Smith earns the award for the second time this season and fifth time in his career. Ryan Smith, Martin and Barge are all first time honorees.
MWC Offensive Player of the Week
Alex Smith, Utah, Quarterback, Junior
In a 49-35 win over Air Force in Salt Lake City, Smith completed 13-of-23 passes for 260 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also led the Utes in rushing with 84 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. He averaged 20 yards per pass, which ranks third in school history for a single game.
MWC Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Ryan Smith, Utah, Cornerback, Freshman
Derrick Martin, Wyoming, Cornerback, Sophomore
Freshman cornerback Ryan Smith had a career-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, in the victory over Air Force. Smith forced two fumbles that both resulted in Utah scoring drives, had one interception, and a pass breakup. His interception came in Utah's end zone after the Falcons had moved the ball to the Ute 21 in the fourth quarter with 4:29 remaining in the game and Utah leading 49-28.
Sophomore Derrick Martin recorded nine tackles, eight of them solo, in the 37-32 victory over Ole Miss. He also recorded seven pass break-ups and had diving interception in the end zone to stop an Ole Miss drive with 12:39 remaining in the game. The Rebels drove down to the Cowboys nine yard-line and could have tied the game with a TD and two-point conversion as the score was 30-22 in favor of Wyoming before Martin's interception.
MWC Special Teams Player of the Week
Josh Barge, Wyoming, Punt Returner, Junior
Junior Josh Barge returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown with 12:53 remaining in the third quarter against Ole Miss and the Cowboys up by only five points (20-15) prior to the return. It was Barge's first career punt return for a touchdown, and the Cowboys' first punt return for a score since 1995. Barge also caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from fellow wide receiver Jovon Bouknight with 5:20 remaining in the game to put Wyoming up 37-25.