Harvey Unga had a 40-yard touchdown run on Saturday, which gives him 2,074 career yards rushing. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Harvey Unga – Football – Sophomore – Provo, Utah
With his 133 yards and one touchdown against the Rams on Saturday, Harvey Unga notched his second 100-yard rushing game this season. His 40-yard touchdown run with 5:49 remaining in the fourth quarter regained the lead for the Cougars and capped a 1:31 drive which preserved the game clock and eventually gave BYU time for one final drive. The sophomore now has 2,074 career yards rushing.
Austin Collie – Football – Junior – El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Austin Collie continued to break school and conference records on Saturday against CSU, when for the seventh consecutive game he surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark, setting a new Mountain West Conference record. With a career-high three touchdowns and 118 yards in the first half alone the Rams had no answer for the El Dorado Hills, Calif. native. Currently leading the nation in receiving yards per game (117.56) and total receiving yards (1058) Collie now has 2,775 career-receiving yards, surpassing Matt Bellini as No. 3 on BYU’s all-time receiving list. The junior needs only 67 more yards to pass Margin Hooks and claim the No. 2 spot.
Max Hall – Football – Junior – Mesa, Ariz.
Junior quarterback Max Hall threw five touchdown passes to seal the victory for BYU on Saturday, including a 17-yarder to Dennis Pitta with only 22 seconds remaining in the game. Hall led the offense on its’ final two drives, completing 8-of-9 passes for a combined 116 yards, adding 14 points to the board. His 80-percent completion percentage marks his highest since the Northern Iowa game (.829). In nine games this season, Hall has thrown for 29 touchdowns, already surpassing the 26 he threw for in all 13 games in 2007.
Dennis Pitta – Football – Junior – Moorpark, Calif.
BYU junior tight end Dennis Pitta was named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Pitta shared the honor with Wyoming running back Devin Moore, who rushed for career highs of 234 yards and three touchdowns in Wyoming’s home victory over San Diego State.
Pitta caught a career-high 12 passes for a game-best 175 yards and made two key fourth-quarter touchdown grabs, including the game winner with just 22 seconds remaining, to help BYU win on the road at Colorado State on Saturday.
The Mackey Award candidate hauled in 10 of his 12 receptions in the second half to account for 156 of BYU’s 222 passing yards over the final two quarters. With BYU trailing 28-24 in the third quarter, the junior tight end from Moorpark, Calif., caught four passes, three for first downs, and gave the Cougars their first lead of the game when he fought off two defenders to pull down a 23-yard touchdown reception on a third-and-15 play.
On BYU’s final drive, and the Cougars trailing 42-38 with 1:36 remaining in the game, Pitta caught two passes for first downs, including the 17-yard reception for the game-winning touchdown with just 22 seconds remaining. In the fourth quarter, five of his six receptions were for first downs as he helped the Cougars score 21 points for the road win.
For the game, Pitta converted first downs on 9-of-12 catches while averaging 14.6 yards per reception. His two touchdowns tied a career high he previously achieved this season against UCLA. He has six touchdowns for the season.
Jan Jorgensen – Football – Junior – Helper, Utah
BYU junior defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen recorded two sacks in BYU’s win over Colorado State to set the new Mountain West Conference record with 22.5 career sacks. He has five sacks this season. The Lott Trophy candidate forced a fumble and added two quarterback hurries while totaling three tackles.
Both of Jorgensen’s sacks game in the fourth quarter. His first sack forced a third-and-18 play, which ultimately led to a CSU punt. His second sack helped ensure the Cougar victory. With only 22 seconds remaining, Jorgensen got to CSU quarterback Billy Farris and forced a fumble. Although the Rams eventually won the scramble for the ball, Jorgensen’s play took precious time off the clock, which limited CSU to only two more plays before the game expired.
Stephan Shay – Cross Country – Senior – East Jordan, Mich.
Coming in first for the Cougars and third overall out of 50 runners in the men’s 8K, was senior Stephan Shay with a time of 24:26. Shay was named to the 2008 All-Mountain West Conference first team.
Angela Wagner – Cross Country – Junior – Xwbryeuib, South Africa
Junior Angela Wagner placed first overall with a time of 21:24, despite recovering from a hamstring injury earlier in the week, earning the Mountain West Female Athlete of the Year title and leading the All-Conference team for 2008. There were 74 runners for the women’s 6K. Wagner finished barely ahead of the New Mexico freshman and MWC Female Freshman of the Year, Lacey Oeding.
Kayla Walker – Volleyball – Junior – Kaysville, Utah
Junior outside hitter Kayla Walker had a solid weekend for the Cougars as she led the team with 3.57 kills per set and was second for BYU in both hitting percentage (.327) and digs per set (3.29). She began the weekend with a match-high 16 kills against TCU, helping the Cougars post their second-straight Mountain West Conference win and avenge an earlier loss to the Horned Frogs. Walker also posted her fourth double-double of the year in the match with 11 digs while hitting .400. Against New Mexico, she once again tallied double-digit digs with 12 on the night while coming one kill away from another double-double with nine winners. On the year, she is second for BYU in kills and fourth in blocks and digs. She is also 10th in the MWC in kills in overall play and eighth in league action (2.94).
Auna Janis – Soccer – Freshman – Orem, Utah
Janis had the game-winning goal for the Cougars in their 1-0 win over Weber State to keep the Cougars perfect at home in 2008. She blasted a shot from about 30 yards out that beat the keeper into the upper left-hand corner of the net in the 39th minute of the game to help the Cougars fend of Weber State. The goal was her second of the season, her first goal was the second goal of the season for the Cougars in their 2-1 win over Cal Poly. Janis came off the bench to provide a spark for the Cougars and help them to the win.
Jessica Carter – Soccer – Senior – Provo, Utah
Carter played a key role in limiting Weber State and Wyoming to zero goals and four and nine shots, respectively. Carter scored the Cougars’ only goal in their win over Wyoming in the 79th minute, preserving the team’s winning streaks and their undefeated MWC record. Carter helped limit Weber State, the Big Sky regular season champion, to its second-lowest shot total of the 2008 season. Carter’s consistent defense helped the Cougars contain both teams, and her standout individual player put her in a position to score, help her team offensively, and seal the win at Wyoming. Jessica was also named MWC Player of the Week.