John Beck threw for four touchdowns against New Mexico while helping BYU earn the outright Mountain West Conference title with a 42-17 win. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
John Beck, Football - Senior; Mesa, Ariz.
BYU senior quarterback John Beck was responsible for five touchdowns, including four touchdown completions in the 23rd-ranked Cougars' 42-17 victory over New Mexico on Saturday to clinch the outright Mountain West Conference Championship. Beck, who passed the 10,000-yard mark for his career, connected on 28-of-48 attempts for a season-high 464 yards, including a 71-yard strike to tight end Jonny Harline early in the second quarter to give BYU a 21-3 lead. During the first quarter, Beck completed 6-of-10 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. By halftime, the Mesa, Ariz., native had compiled 303 yards passing on 15-of-26 attempts, including three touchdown completions. The game marked the 15th 300-yard game of his career.
Lindsy Hartsock, Women's Volleyball - Senior; Inkom, Idaho
Senior middle blocker Lindsy Hartsock hit .467 on the weekend in helping BYU wrap up the regular season with a 24-4 overall record and a 13-3 mark in Mountain West Conference play. Against Colorado State, she posted double-digit kills for the ninth time this season with 11 while adding four blocks to help the Cougars earn a five-game win over the Rams and seal second place in the MWC. Against Air Force, in the final regular-season match of her career, Hartsock recorded a career-high 1.000 hitting percentage with seven kills on seven swings.
On the season, Hartsock leads the league in hitting percentage and is third in blocks, ranking among the nation's top 25 in both categories.
Keena Young, Men's Basketball - Senior; Beaumont, Texas
Senior forward Keena Young led BYU in scoring (17.0) and rebounding (7.0) while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor (12-for-18) and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. He added 2.0 assists per game and provided some clutch play for the Cougars.
Young led BYU with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting at No. 5 UCLA, where he was also 4-for-4 from the line while adding four rebounds and two assists against the reigning NCAA Championship runner-up. He helped BYU claim the halftime lead and stay close until a late final run by the highly ranked Bruins.
With season highs of 18 points and 10 rebounds against Idaho State on Saturday, Young recorded the fourth double-double of his career and his first of the season. He also dished out two assists. Young followed up his 6-for-8 shooting performance at UCLA with a 6-for-10 night against the Bengals. He helped BYU get out to a good start by making his first four shot attempts. He was the only player to score in double figures in the first half with 10 points while helping BYU build a 42-29 halftime advantage. He extended his free-throw shooting streak to 10 straight with a 6-for-6 performance from the charity stripe against the Bengals.
Young was clutch for BYU in holding off Idaho State down the stretch. With BYU leading by one point with 25 seconds to go in regulation, BYU missed the front end of a one-and-one but Young grabbed the offensive rebound and then made both of his free throws after being fouled. After the Bengals forced the overtime period, Young hit the first shot of the overtime to give BYU the lead. Then, with BYU leading by three with 27 seconds left, Young found an open Jimmy Balderson with an assist for a big trey that gave BYU a two-possession cushion.