Nov. 26, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Two Wyoming Cowboys were recognized by College Football Performance Awards this week for their outstanding play against Hawai'i on Nov. 23.
Junior quarterback Brett Smith was named the National Performer of the Week and National QB of the Week for his record-setting performance against Hawai'i in a 59-56 overtime victory by the Cowboys. He shares both awards with fellow Mountain West QB Derek Carr of Fresno State.
It is the second time this season that Smith has been named the National Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. He also earned the honor for his play in a 56-23 road win over Air Force on Sept. 21.
Senior wide receiver Robert Herron was also named an Honorable Mention Wide Receiver of the Week by College Football Performance Awards this week for his 11 reception, 141-yard and four-touchdown performance versus Hawai'i. Tyler Lockett of Kansas State was this week's Wide Receiver Performer of the Week.
Herron's four touchdown receptions tied him for the most TD receptions in a single game this season at the Football Bowl Subdivsion level.
Smith accounted for 640 yards of total offense (498 passing and 142 rushing), threw seven TD passes and rushed for one touchdown in a 59-56 win over Hawai'i. Smith's 640 yards marked the most yards by a single player in the NCAA this season, and set a new Mountain West Conference and Wyoming single-game record. The previous NCAA high this season was 635 yards by Garrett Gilbert of SMU versus Temple. The previous MW record was 570 yards by Carr vs. San Diego State in 2012.
Smith's seven passing TDs are also the most in the NCAA in a single game the season, tying with Carr's seven vs. New Mexico. The previous high was six passing touchdowns by three players. Smith's seven passing touchdowns ties him for the Mountain West single-game record (with Max Hall of BYU vs. UCLA in 2008 and Carr vs. New Mexico last week) and set a Wyoming single-game record.
Smith's eight touchdowns responsible for set a Mountain West single-game record, passing BYU's Hall (seven in 2008) and Fresno State's Carr (seven this past week). It extended Smith's Mountain West record of 34-straight games with at least one touchdown responsible for.
The junior led Wyoming to 793 yards of total offense, which ranks No. 3 in the NCAA this season. Only Baylor's 872 yards versus West Virginia and Fresno State's 820 vs. New Mexico last Saturday rank ahead of Wyoming. The 793 yards of total offense ranks as the second best single-game in Mountain West history.