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Press ReleaseCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Max Hall(BYU), Andrew Rich (BYU)and Austin McCoy(Wyoming)are Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Sept. 6.
Hall earns the Offensive Player of the Week honor, while Rich garners the Defensive Player award and McCoy receives Special Teams recognition. Hall collects his fifth career player of the week honor, while Rich and McCoy each capture their first career weekly accolade.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAX HALL, BYU
Senior, Quarterback, Mesa, Arizona/Arizona State
Max Hall completed 26-of-38 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 24 BYU to a 14-13 upset of No. 3 Oklahoma. Down 13-7 with 11:41 left to play, Hall led the Cougars on a 16-play, 78-yard drive that resulted in a 7-yard touchdown pass to McKay Jacobson to tie the game with just 3:03 remaining. Mitch Payne's extra point put BYU on top, 14-13. During what proved to be the game-winning drive, Hall completed 9-of-11 passes for 74 yards, including a 23-yard strike to tight end Dennis Pitta on 4th-and-4 from the Oklahoma 29-yard line. The victory marked the first time BYU defeated a top-10 team since downing No. 1 Miami, 28-21, on Sept. 8, 1990.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ANDREW RICH, BYU
Junior, Free Safety, Ogden, Utah/Snow College
Andrew Rich recorded five tackles, including four solo stops, one tackle for loss and two forced fumbles to aid the Cougars' upset victory. With Oklahoma holding a 7-0 lead at the 2:15 mark of the first quarter and a 1st-and-10 opportunity on the BYU 16-yardline, Rich caused a Sooner fumble that was recovered by Cougar linebacker Shawn Doman on the BYU 5-yard line. The Odgen, Utah, native forced his second fumble of the game with 4:12 left to play in the second quarter and Oklahoma driving. Cougar defensive lineman Brett Denney recovered the ball on the BYU 37. Five plays later, Max Hall connected with Andrew George on a 5-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN McCOY, WYOMING
Sophomore, Place Kicker/Punter, Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven HS
In his first start after adding placekicking duties to his role as punter, Austin McCoy accounted for 11 of Wyoming's 29 points in the 29-22 win vs. Weber State. The sophomore converted all three field goal attempts (22, 25 and 25 yards) and two-of-three PAT. In his more familiar role as the Cowboys' starting punter, the Winter Haven, Fla., native also averaged 44.2 yards on six punts, placing three inside the WSU 20.
(Courtesy Mountain West Conference)