DENVER - Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews, Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson and Idaho kick returner Justin Veltung were named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Mathews, a junior from Bakersfield, Calif. (West HS), rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in Fresno State's 31-27 win over Utah State. After being held to 40 yards in the first half, Mathews ran for 145 in the second half to record his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. The Bulldogs trailed 27-17 at halftime, and Mathews' touchdown with 4:53 remaining in the fourth quarter, proved to be the game-winner.
Wilson, a senior from Piscataway, N.J. (Piscataway HS), recorded his first interception return for a touchdown when he picked off a pass and returned it 27 yards for the score in the Broncos' 45-7 win over San Jose State. He also had five tackles (4 solo), including one for a loss of two yards on a first down play that helped force a punt on the series of downs early in the game.
Veltung, a freshman from Puyallup, Wash. (Puyallup HS), returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in Idaho's 35-34 win over Louisiana Tech. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown by a Vandal player since before Idaho joined the WAC in 2005. He also had another return for 17 yards to record 111 kick return yards on the day.
Others nominated on offense: sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore, Boise State; senior receiver Max Komar, Idaho; junior quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Nevada; and junior quarterback Diondre Borel, Utah State.
Also nominated on defense: junior defensive end Chris Carter, Fresno State; junior safety Shiloh Keo, Idaho; and junior cornerback Doyle Miller, Nevada.
Other special teams nominations included: junior placekicker Kyle Brotzman, Boise State; senior punter Robert Malone, Fresno State; and junior placekicker Ricky Drake, Nevada.