Nov. 21, 2011
University of Wyoming freshman quarterback Brett Smith was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance last Saturday against New Mexico. It is Smith's second MW Offensive Player of the Week award this season.
Smith rushed for a career-high 140 yards and passed for 212 for 352 yards of total offense in leading Wyoming to its seventh win of the season and bowl-eligible status.
He scored two rushing touchdowns -- one from 10 yards out and the other a 69-yard gallop that was the longest offensive play of the season for the Cowboys. His two rushing TDs both came in the fourth quarter and stretched Wyoming's lead from 17-10 to 31-10.
Smith also threw a 26-yard TD pass to Brandon Miller. The 140 yards rushing for Smith was the first 100-yard rushing game of his career. His 352 yards of total offense was his fifth 300-yard game of the season. The freshman completed 60.5 percent of his passes on the day (23 of 38) with no interceptions.
He enters this week ranked No. 2 in the Mountain West in total offense, behind only Kellen Moore of Boise State. Smith is averaging 274.4 yards of total offense per game, which is tops among all freshmen in the nation and ranks No. 27 overall in the NCAA.
With his 352 yards of total offense last Saturday, Smith broke the Mountain West record for total offense by a freshman in a single-season. He now has 2,744 yards of total offense this season with two regular-season games remaining. He surpassed the MW freshman record previously held by Andy Dalton of TCU. Dalton had 2,691 yards of total offense as a freshman in 2007. Smith has 2,226 yards passing this season, which ranks him No. 5 in the MW history in passing yards by a freshman. He is only 436 yards from away from reaching that record.