Oct. 31, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming true freshman quarterback Brett Smith was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Mountain West Conference on Monday. He shares this week's honor with San Diego State sophomore running back Ronnie Hillman.
Smith threw for a personal best 341 yards and accounted for a personal high of 365 yards of total offense, while throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for two in Wyoming's 30-27 road win at San Diego State. Smith completed 69.4 percent of his passes (25 of 36) on the day.
He scored Wyoming's first TD of the game, a two-yard run on the Cowboys' first possession of the game, and proceeded to lead the Cowboys to scoring drives on five of its six first-half possessions.
Wyoming's other four scoring drives concluded with: a 26-yard pass from Smith to wide receiver Chris McNeill, a 20-yard TD run by Smith, an 11-yard TD pass from Smith to McNeill and a 64-yard scoring drive that concluded with a 33-yard field goal by place-kicker Daniel Sullivan.
Smith guided a Poke offense that generated 396 yards of total offense in the first half. That was the most yards of total offense in a half by the Cowboys since Sept. 23, 1995, when UW accounted for 406 yards of total offense versus Oklahoma State.
Smith enters this week ranked No. 2 in the Mountain West and No. 30 in the nation in total offense, averaging 271.4 yards per game. He also ranks No. 2 in the MW and No. 41 in the NCAA in passing yards, averaging 237.9 yards passing per game.
This is the first Mountain West Player of the Week honor of Smith's career.