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Unga, Johnson named MWC players of the week

Unga, Johnson named MWC players of the week



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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Harvey Unga (BYU), Robert Johnson (Utah) and Ross Evans (TCU) are Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Oct. 10. Unga earns the Offensive Player of the Week honor, while Johnson garners the Defensive Player award and Evans receives Special Teams recognition. This marks the fourth career player of the week honor for Unga and second for both Johnson and Evans.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

HARVEY UNGA, BYU
Junior, Running Back, Provo, Utah/Timpview HS

Harvey Unga tied a career-high with three touchdown runs while rushing for a season-best 149 yards in No. 18 BYU's 59-21 win at UNLV. The junior running back broke off long scoring dashes of 33 and 52 yards and also powered into the end zone from the 1-yard line. His 52-yard touchdown run is the longest by a BYU back since 2006. The Provo, Utah, native collected 114 of his yards and all three of his TDs in the first half to help the Cougars to a 24-7 lead at the break. Unga carried the ball 20 times for an average of 7.4 yards per carry while recording his third 100-yard rushing effort and second multi-touchdown game of the season.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ROBERT JOHNSON, UTAH
Senior, Free Safety, Los Angeles, Calif./L.A. Southwest College

Robert Johnson registered five tackles, three interceptions and a pass breakup to lead Utah's defensive effort in a 24-17 come-from-behind win at Colorado State. With the Utes trailing, 17-10, late in the third quarter, the Los Angeles, Calif., native, picked off passes on three consecutive series, with the first two interceptions leading to touchdowns that put Utah on top, 24-17. At the 4:17 mark of the third quarter, the junior free safety intercepted a pass at the Utah 27-yard line. The Utes would go on to tie the game at 17-17 on the subsequent drive. CSU got the ball back with 9:19 left in the fourth quarter, when Johnson registered his second interception, this time at the Utah 25-yard line. The Utes scored on the ensuing drive to take the lead, 24-17. CSU got the ball back with 3:35 left in the game. With the Rams on the Utah 44-yard line after going 36 yards on their first two plays, Johnson picked off a pass at the Utah 29-yard line, returning the ball 42 yards and giving Utah the ball back with 2:20 left. The Utes ran out the clock to end the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ROSS EVANS, TCU
Sophomore, Place Kicker, Burnet, Texas/Burnet HS

Ross Evans converted all of four of his kick attempts in adverse weather conditions while helping No. 10 TCU to a 20-17 win at Air Force. The sophomore place kicker from Burnet, Texas, was 2-for-2 in point-after tries in the first half, then provided all of the Horned Frogs' scoring in the second half by kicking field goals of 38 and 27 yards. Evans finished the day with eight points.

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