On Saturday's game against Utah running back Harvey Unga became the first freshman in BYU history to break the 1,000-yard mark. (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.
Harvey Unga -- Football -- Freshman -- Provo, Utah
Freshman running back Harvey Unga -- BYU's all-time leading freshman running back--carried the ball 23 times for 141 yards in the Cougars' 17-10 win over Utah, marking the sixth 100-yard game he has produced this season and the third against a Mountain West opponent. He also had one reception for 27 yards, finishing the day with 168 total yards. His game-winning, 11-yard run with 38 seconds left in the game gave the Cougars their second straight outright MWC crown. Unga has 1,050 yards on the season, becoming the first freshman to break the 1,000-yard mark in BYU football history. The Mountain West Conference named Unga co-offensive player of the week.
Mitch Payne -- Football -- Freshman -- North Ogden, Utah
Mitch Payne connected on three field goals in the BYU's 17-10 win over Utah. Payne's field goals of 22, 23 and 35 yards gave BYU a 9-3 advantage late into the fourth quarter. Payne's three field goals marked the first time a BYU kicker had kicked three field goals in a game since BYU's double-overtime loss at Boston College last season. Payne was named MWC special teams player of the week.
Bryn Porter -- Women's Volleyball -- Junior -- Camarillo, Calif.
BYU outside hitter Bryn Porter posted double-digit kills in both weekend matches for the Cougars, helping BYU end the season on a seven-match winning streak with victories over San Diego State and No. 25 UNLV. Against The Aztecs on Friday night, Porter tied her career high with 17 kills on .467 hitting, leading the way for BYU in attack efficiency. She came one dig away from a double-double with nine while adding two assists, two blocks and one ace. Against the 25th-ranked Rebels on Saturday night, Porter posted her fourth career double-double and her first since Sept. 29 with 10 kills and 10 digs, helping BYU secure the four-game win. For the week, Porter averaged 3.38 kills per game on .304 hitting to go along with 2.38 digs per contest.
Trent Plaisted -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- San Antonio, Texas
Junior Trent Plaisted led BYU to a championship-game matchup against No. 1 North Carolina at the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational last week with wins over Hartford and No. 6 Louisville. Plaisted averaged a double-double during the three games, scoring 20.3 points per game while pulling down 12.0 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-11 forward/center also added 2.7 assists per outing while shooting 55.8 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent at the free-throw line.
Facing No. 1 North Carolina, including All-American Tyler Hansbrough, Plaisted recorded season highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds while adding two assists and one blocked shot. Plaisted became the first player to grab 15 or more rebounds against the Tar Heels since March 11, 2006. He made 10-of-20 field goals and went 4-for-6 from the line. With the Cougars trailing at the half by seven, Plaisted scored eight of BYU's first 10 points of the second half and assisted Sam Burgess with a nice pass for a bucket that gave BYU the lead over the top-ranked Tar Heels at the 16 minute mark. Plaisted was nearly unstoppable, scoring 18 points in his 18 second-half minutes, to help BYU stay in contention into the closing minutes of the title contest.
Plaisted scored 21 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds with one assist and one block in BYU's victory over No. 6 Louisville Friday. He converted 10-of-16 attempts from the floor while helping the Cougars achieve their first win over a top-6 ranked team since 1965. Plaisted carried the Cougars through a critical stretch in the second half. After BYU had lost its halftime lead and trailed by three with 13:30 to go, Plaisted made the next three Cougar buckets and poured in 12 points during a 16-7 BYU run that gave the Cougars a lead they would not surrender the rest of the game. He added four rebounds and one block during the run.
The San Antonio, Texas, native equaled his career high of five assists while adding 16 points and seven rebounds in BYU's second-round win over Hartford Tuesday. He made 4-of-7 shots from the floor while taking advantage at the free-throw line with 8-for-11 accuracy.