The Mountain West Conference has named San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey, Utah State linebacker Zach Vigil and UNLV placekicker Nicolai Bornard the week seven conference players of the week.
Pumphrey played his greatest NCAA game in the Aztecs' 24-14 win at New Mexico last Friday and was named the offensive player of the week. He ran the ball 20 times for 246 yards (a career high) and two touchdowns. The sophomore back nearly doubled his season average for yards per carry, gaining 12.3 yards per carry against the Lobo defense. His night was highlighted by a 93-yard touchdown sprint down the sideline--that's the third-longest touchdown run in SDSU history.
Vigil played out of his mind in Utah State's 34-16 win against Air Force on Saturday and earned defensive player of the week honors. The senior tallied a video-game like 22 tackles (a career high) and eight tackles for loss. He intercepted Air Force quarterback Nate Romine on the second play of the Falcons' ensuing drive and Vigil's Aggies knocked through a field goal four plays later.
Bornard, the special teams player of the week, became a Las Vegas hero on Friday night as his Rebels took down the Fresno State Bulldogs 30-27 in an overtime thriller. The sophomore placekicker--who also plays some linebacker--tied the game at 27 with a 46-yard field goal with 3:37 left in the game. And the new most popular guy on campus also knocked the 33-yard game-winner through the uprights in overtime.