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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Dennis Pitta (BYU), Devin Moore (Wyoming), Jerry Hughes (TCU) and Louie Sakoda (Utah) are Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Nov. 2. Pitta and Moore share Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Hughes garners the Defensive Player award and Sakoda receives Special Teams recognition. Sakoda collects his league-record 11th career weekly accolade, while Moore earns his third weekly award and Hughes claims his second career honor. This marks the first weekly award for Pitta.



DENNIS PITTA, BYU Junior, Tight End, Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS

Dennis Pitta caught a career-high 12 passes for a game-high 175 yards in BYU's 45-42 win at Colorado State. Pitta had two key fourth-quarter touchdown grabs, including the game-winner with just 22 seconds remaining. With BYU trailing 28-24 in the third quarter, the junior tight end from Moorpark, Calif., caught four passes, three for first downs, and gave the Cougars their first lead of the game when he fought off two defenders to pull down a 23-yard touchdown reception on a third-and-15 play. On BYU's final drive, and the Cougars trailing 42-38 with 1:36 remaining in the game, Pitta caught two passes for first downs, including the 17-yard reception for the game-winning touchdown with just 22 seconds remaining.

DEVIN MOORE, WYOMING Senior, Running Back, Indianapolis, Ind./Cardinal Ritter HS

Devin Moore rushed for career-highs of 234 yards and three touchdowns in Wyoming's 35-10 victory over San Diego State. Moore's 234 rushing yards is a high for a Mountain West player this season, and is the only 200-plus yard rushing game by an individual in the conference in 2008. The senior running back from Indianapolis, Ind., also had 56 kickoff return yards to finish with a career-best 290 all-purpose yards. The 290 all-purpose yards set a new league record for an MWC contest. Moore led Wyoming to a team total of 378 rushing yards, marking the first time the Cowboys had accumulated over 300 yards on the ground in a single game since gaining 321 yards vs. Central Michigan on Sept. 16, 2000.



JERRY HUGHES, TCU Junior, Defensive End, Sugar Land, Texas/Austin HS

Jerry Hughes registered four solo tackles and two sacks for a loss of 20 yards, while adding a forced fumble and pass breakup in TCU's 44-14 win at UNLV. The junior from Sugar Land, Texas, led a defensive unit that limited UNLV to 175 yards of total offense. Hughes' first-quarter pass breakup led to an interception by Robert Henson which the Horned Frogs converted into a touchdown three plays later, giving them a 14-0 lead.



LOUIE SAKODA, UTAH Senior, Punter/Kicker, San Jose, Calif./Branham HS

Louie Sakoda scored seven points in Utah's 13-10 win at New Mexico, making field goals of 43 and 38 yards and converting his lone PAT of the game. The senior punter/kicker from San Jose, Calif., improved his season total to 14-for-14 in field goals from inside 47 yards. Sakoda dropped four of his five punts inside the 20-yard line, including his final punt which pinned New Mexico at its own 1-yard line with 1:58 remaining in the game. He also placed punts on the 2, 9 and 19 yard lines, while averaging 39.4 yards for the game. Sakoda had a long punt of 48 yards, which was also downed inside the 20.


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