Courtesy: UW Athletics
Laramie, Wyo. (Sept. 24, 2012) -- Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith has received another honor for his play in a 40-37 overtime win at Idaho last week. Smith has been named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. For this week's honorees go to: http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/football/weekly-awards.
Smith was earlier named the Mountain West Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday by the Mountain West Conference. He shared that award with Nevada junior running back Stefphon Jefferson. Smith also was one of only 10 quarterbacks nationally to be honored by College Football Performance Awards as an Honorable Mention selection for the top quarterback performance of the week.
Smith threw for career highs in passing yards (365) and touchdown passes (5) as he led Wyoming to a 40-37 overtime road win at Idaho. His 365 passing yards rank as the best single-game performance in the Mountain West this season and the 18th best performance in the NCAA this season.
Smith completed 65.7 percent of his passes (23 of 35) versus the Vandals, and guided Wyoming on scoring drives of 75, 90, 97 and 78 yards. Smith added 22 yards rushing for 387 yards of total offense on the day – his second best total in his college career.
In overtime with Wyoming trailing 34-37 following a Vandal field goal on its first possession of OT, Smith threw to the end zone on the Cowboys' first play of overtime and hit sophomore Jalen Claiborne on a 25-yard TD pass to give the Cowboys the win.
Not only did Smith set personal bests in passing yards and touchdown passes in a single game, but his 387 yards of total offense moved him into 10th place on the Wyoming career total offense list, with 4,414 career yards.