Thompson Rushes Utah State to Victory; Earns MW Offensive Player Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS – Utah State junior running back Darwin Thompson was selected the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for his 131-yard rushing effort on only 17 carries in the Aggies win at Hawaii.

San Diego State linebackerKyahva Tezino and placekicker John Baron II were named MW Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Players of the Week honors, respectively. It is the sixth career MW weekly honor for Baron II, the second for Tezino and the first for Thompson.

 In Utah State’s 56-17 victory at Hawai‘i on Saturday, Thompson also hauled in two receptions for 37 yards, ultimately racking up a game-high 178 yards of all-purpose yardage. He scored on runs of 1, 1 and 26 yards, respectively.

On his 26-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, he broke seven tackles on his way to the end zone, and led an Aggies offense that rushed for 426 yards and seven touchdowns against the Rainbow Warriors.

Tezino helped lead San Diego State to a 31-23 victory over New Mexico, keeping the Aztecs within one-game of West Division leaders Fresno State, recording a team-high 12 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, both of which were career highs.

He led a defensive unit that limited New Mexico to just 142 yards of total offense, including 41 passing yards. The 142 yards were the Lobos’ fewest since Sept. 15, 2012, when the Lobos managed 130 yards against TCU.

Baron scored seven points in San Diego State’s 31-23 victory at New Mexico, connecting on his lone field-goal attempt and making all four PATs. He made a 32-yard field goal with 2:56 left in the fourth quarter to give the Aztecs a 24-23 lead, which proved to be the game-winning score. He also handled kick-off duty for SDSU, sending five of his six kicks into the endzone for a touchback.