Bulldogs Clean Up On MW Weekly Awards
Sept. 17, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - - Fresno State cleaned up on the Weekly Mountain West Player of the Week Awards that the conference office announced Monday, as three Bulldogs were honored.
Senior running back Robbie Rouse was named the co-offensive player of the week, safety Phillip Thomas was named the defensive player of the week and punter Andrew Shapiro was named the special teams player of the week.
With the Mountain West honoring a Bulldog for its offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week awards, it marks ninth time in the league's 14-year history that one school has a player named to all three weekly awards for the same game.
Rouse tied a Bulldog Stadium record by scoring four touchdowns in a 69-14 win over Colorado. Rouse played only about a quarter and a half in the blowout victory, but was able to run for 144 yards on nine carries and catch four passes for 42 yards. He had two rushing touchdowns and two receiving. All four of his touchdowns came in the first quarter, the last being a 94-yard run that helped Fresno State set a new Mountain West record with 35 points in the first 15 minutes. That run tied for the longest in program history, the fourth-longest in Mountain West history and the longest ever by a MW senior running back. The run also pushed him ahead of Ron Rivers as the all-time leading rusher ever at Fresno State. Rouse now has 3,539 career rushing yards and his 100-yard game against the Buffs was the 15th of his career and third in three games this year.
Thomas tied a Fresno State and Mountain West record with three interceptions in leading Fresno State to a 69-14 win over Colorado. Thomas returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns, the first from 16 yards out and the second from 46. His two interceptions returned for TDs also tied a MW record, as he became the third player to do so in league history, and set a new school record. It was Thomas' second career multi-interception game, the first coming in 2009 at Illinois. What makes Thomas' feat even more impressive is that Fresno State as a team had not intercepted three or more passes in a game since 2004, and Thomas did that himself against a Pac-12 school. He finished the game with two tackles and one quarterback hurry in addition to his three picks.
Shapiro only had to punt three times in Fresno State's 69-14 win over Colorado, but he averaged 50 yards per punt with one downed inside the 20-yard line. Shapiro's longest put of the game was a career-best 69-yarder that was downed at the two-yard line. The Bulldogs netted 40 yards off his three punts and not one of them was returned.
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