Nov. 22, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Mountain West Conference announced Monday that University of Wyoming running back Alvester Alexander and defensive end Josh Biezuns were named MWC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for their performances in a 44-0 victory over Colorado State on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Alexander, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, set a new University of Wyoming single-game record with five rushing touchdowns, and rushed for 147 yards in leading Wyoming to a 44-0 victory over CSU. Alexander had TD runs of 34, 29, 21, 8 and 1 yards, tying him for the Mountain West Conference single-game record for rushing TDs. Alexander broke the UW single-game record for rushing touchdowns previously held by Dabby Dawson (4 vs. San Diego State in 1988) and Myron Hardeman (4 vs. Utah State in 1977). He averaged 6.4 yards per carry on 23 attempts against the Rams. He also caught three passes for 15 yards for a total of 162 all-purpose yards on Saturday.
Alexander concluded his sophomore season with 14 rushing touchdowns for the year, which is a new Wyoming single-season record for rushing touchdowns. The previous single-season school record was 13 rushing TDs. Alexander also moved into seventh place on the Wyoming career rushing touchdown list. He concluded his sophomore season with 21 career TD runs.
In all games, the sophomore ranks No. 5 among MWC rushers, averaging 66.0 yards rushing per game. Against conference opponents only , Alexander ranks No. 3 in the MWC in rushing, averaging 84.9 yards per game. Alexander also ranks No. 7 in the conference in scoring among all players at all positions. He has scored 84 points on the year for an average of 7.0 points per game. In conference play only, Alexander is the league's leading scorer among all players at all positions, having scored 12 touchdowns versus conference opponents for a total of 72 points or 9.0 points per game.
Biezuns, a junior from Prior Lake, Minn., recorded a career high 3.5 sacks and a career best 4.0 tackles for losses, while forcing one fumble, breaking up one pass and being credited with a quarterback hurry in leading a Wyoming defense that posted a 44-0 shutout of Colorado State. Biezuns totalled seven tackles on the day. Two of Biezuns sacks came on third down forcing Colorado State punts. A third sack came with Colorado State on the Wyoming 13-yard line and threatening to score. Biezuns sacked CSU's quarterback and forced a fumble that was recovered by CSU at the Wyoming 27-yard line. Later in the series, the Rams missed a 42-yard field goal attempt. His pass breakup also came on a third-down play that forced a punt, as did his quarterback hurry.
It was Wyoming's first shutout of an opponent since Oct. 21, 2006, when the Cowboys shutout CSU 24-0 in Laramie.
Biezuns is tied for No. 2 in the MWC in sacks this season, with 6.5 total sacks. That also ties him for 71st in the nation. He ranks No. 3 in the conference in tackles for losses, with 10.5.