McDonald MW Offensive POW; 2nd 400-plus Yard Game in a Row
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Hawai‘i sophomore quarterback Cole McDonald, who has guided the Rainbows to back-to-back season-opening victories, was selected the Mountain West Offensive Player of the week in the aftermath of Saturday's 59-41 victory against Navy.
Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton was selected MW Defensive Player of the Week, and Fresno State junior defensive back Jaron Bryant won the Special Team Player of the week for the second time in his career.
McDonald and Horton were honored for the first time.
McDonald, a sophomore from La Mirada, Ca., completed 30-of-41 passes for 428 yards and six touchdowns, the most by a MW quarterback since Zack Greenlee of Fresno State on Nov. 14, 2015, and most by a Rainbow Warrior since 2013.
The game comes on the heels of McDonald throw for 418 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 96 yards and two touchdowns in a season-opening victory at Colorado State. He is the first MW quarterback with back-to-back 400-yard games since Garrett Grayson of Colorado State Sept. 6 and 13, 2014, and the first Hawai'i player to win the MW Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Horton, a senior cornerback from Fresno, recovered two fumbles and returned them for fumbles, along with making four tackles, in Boise State's 56-20 victory at Troy on Saturday. Horton, who tied an FBS record with the two fumble returns for touchdowns, scored on a 55-yard return in the third quarter, and 11-yard return in the fourth quarter.
He also opened the game by deflecting a screen pass, which was intercepted by linebacker Tony Lashley.
Bryant, a junior defensive back from Fort Worth, blocked two field goals for touchdowns in Fresno State's 79-13 victory against Idaho. Both scores came in the second quarter when the Bulldogs were building a 44-6 halftime lead.
Fresno State joined US (Oct. 22, 1994 and ct. 11, 2008), Wyoming (Nov. 18, 1995), Central Michigan (Oct. 2, 2004) and Iowa (Sept. 5, 2009) as the only teams with two blocked field goals in the same quarter in FBS history.