Sept. 28, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Mountain West Conference announced its Players of the Week on Monday, and Wyoming freshmen Austyn Carta-Samuels and Ian Watts were both honored.
Austyn Carta-Samuels, Freshman, Quarterback, San Jose, Calif. (Bellarmine College Prep)
Wyoming true freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week, along with TCU junior quarterback Andy Dalton. Carta-Samuels led Wyoming to a 30-27 victory over UNLV in his first career start. He completed 24 of 37 passes (64.9 percent) for 234 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 144.7. Carta-Samuels also rushed for 34 yards for 268 yards of total offense. The freshman guided Wyoming on scoring drives of 57, 80, 73, 80 and 26 yards. The last 80-yard drive was made midway through the fourth quarter as Carta-Samuels led the Cowboys on a nine-play drive to tie the game at 27 all. He completed 4 of 5 passes on that drive for 33 yards and he rushed for 19 yards on a critical third-down and five situation to keep the drive alive. With Wyoming facing a second down and nine yards on the UNLV 15, Carta-Samuels was forced to scramble from the pocket, he then hit Travis Burkhalter in the corner of the endzone on his third TD pass of the day to tie the game. Carta-Samuels would later lead the Cowboys on a game-winning drive in which he completed 4 of 5 passes for 32 yards, setting up Wyoming's 28-yard, game-winning field goal.
Ian Watts, Freshman, Place-kicker, Philadelphia, Pa. (Radnor)
True freshman place-kicker Ian Watts was named the Mountain West's Special Teams Player of the Week as he successfully made all three of his field-goal attempts from 29, 22 and 28 yards to provide the margin of victory in Wyoming's 30-27 home win over UNLV. Never having attempted a field goal as a collegian, the freshman walkon gave Wyoming a 3-0 lead with a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter. He added a second field goal in the second quarter to pull the Cowboys to within one point at 7-6, but it was his third field goal that saw the freshman perform under pressure. With Wyoming on the UNLV 11-yard line and a little over four minutes remaining in the game, Watts connected on a 28-yarder to put the Pokes ahead to stay at 30-27. The walkon from Philadelphia also was a perfect 3 of 3 in point-after-touchdown attempts to score 12 of Wyoming's 30 points on the day.
Air Force defensive back Reggie Rembert earned MWC Defensive Player of the Week honors, intercepting two passes, forcing one fumble and recovering another fumble, which he returned 47 yards for a touchdown.