Wyoming’s Brett Smith & Marqueston Huff named Mountain West Offensive & Defensive Players of the Week

Both Earn Honors for Their Performances in Road Win at UNLV

      Laramie, Wyo. (Nov. 19, 2012) — Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith won his third Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week award this season and junior cornerback Marqueston Huff was named the Mountain West Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday.  Both earned the honor for their performances in Wyoming’s 28-23 road win at UNLV last Saturday.  It is Smith’s fifth MW Player of the Week honor of this career.  Huff shares this week’s defensive honor with senior linebacker Albert Rosette of Nevada.

Smith threw for a career high 412 yards and completed three touchdown passes to lead Wyoming to its third consecutive win of the season — a 28-23 road win over UNLV.  Smith’s 412 passing yards rank as the ninth best single-game performance in school history, and makes him only the seventh player in UW history to pass for over 400 yards in a single game.  The Salem, Ore., native led the Cowboys to a 28-17 halftime lead with TD passes of five yards, 33 yards and four yards.  He connected with eight different receivers on the day, including hitting senior wide receiver Chris McNeill on seven completions for 93 yards and two of three touchdown passes.  Smith completed 75.8 percent of his passes (25 of 33) against the Rebels, which is a career high completion percentage for him.  Smith did not throw an interception on the day, stretching his string of interception-free games to four in a row.  He has now attempted 139 passes without throwing an interception, and moved into fifth place in Mountain West history in pass attempts without throwing an interception.

Huff, a native of Texarkana, Texas, made the key defensive play of the game for the Wyoming Cowboys in their 28-23 road win at UNLV last Saturday.  Midway through the third quarter, it appeared that UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring would score on a fake field goal.  Herring, serving as the holder on the field-goal attempt, took the snap on the planned fake and was dashing down the sideline from 25-yards out when at the one-yard line Huff punched the ball loose and the ball went out of the end zone for a Cowboy touchback.  The Rebels could have pulled to within nine points at 17-28 if they would have scored on that play.  Later in the game on UNLV’s first possession of the fourth quarter, Huff made a key tackle on Rebel running back Tim Cornett for only a three-yard gain on a second and 10-yard play.  That series would end with an incomplete pass on third down and a punt on fourth down.  UNLV would later pull to within five points at 23-28, and without the forced fumble by Huff at the one-yard line, would have had an opportunity to hold a 30-28 lead over the Cowboys.  Huff ended the day with seven tackles and one forced fumble.