Fresno State freshman running back Ryan Mathews has been named the Toyota/GoBulldogs.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of October 8.
Mathews, from Bakersfield, led the Bulldogs with 171 rushing yards on 14 carries, including three touchdowns in a victory over Nevada. Mathews was also named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort.
Mathews ran for 81 yards in the first half, eclipsing his season-best total for a game. That included a 56 yard touchdown romp off the left side of the line that wrapped-up a one-play touchdown drive. He opened up the second half with a 67 yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the third quarter. That was the longest run from scrimmage by any Bulldog player this season until Lonyae Miller busted a 72-yard TD early in the fourth. He had another 40-plus yard run in the first quarter called back by penalty. Of his first eight touches in the game, he scored three touchdowns. The last time a Bulldog rushed for three TDs in a game was last season when Dwayne Wright ran for three against the Wolf Pack in Fresno.
Other Student-Athletes Nominated: Ali Sill (soccer), Grant Doverspike (men's golf), Laura Luethke (women's golf), Tinesta Rowe (women's tennis), Rudy Siwy (men's tennis), Erick Garcia (men's cross country), Roxanne Sellick (women's cross country), Adrianne Smith (equestrian).
2007-08 Athletes of the Week:October 1 - Nicole Gutierrez
Sept. 24 - Erik Garcia
Sept. 17 - Marissa McPhail
Sept. 10 - Bear Pascoe
Sept. 3 - Marcus Riley
Aug. 26 - Lauren Berger