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Nevada’s Carson Strong named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week

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Nevada quarterback Carson Strong was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week Monday. It was the second time this season he has received the honor, the last coming in after his 420-yard, four touchdown performance in week one versus Wyoming.

In Nevada’s 37-26 win over Fresno State, the redshirt sophomore completed 23-of-39 (59.0 percent) for 354 yards with a career-high five touchdowns. It was his fifth 300-yard performance of the season and the eighth of his career.

Strong was the first Nevada quarterback since Colin Kaepernick in 2010 (Nov. 6 vs Idaho) and the ninth in school history to toss five touchdowns in a single game. Nick Graziano, in 2007, is the only other Pack signal caller to record the feat since the turn of the century.

The Vacaville, Calif. native is the second Mountain West quarterback to throw five touchdowns this season, with the other being San Jose State’s Nick Starkel in the Spartans’ 38-21 win over the New Mexico Lobos on Oct. 31. Starkel also received the Mountain West Player of the Week for his performance.

Strong leads the Mountain West in touchdown passes (21), passing yards (2,327), completions (279) and completion percentage (69.5). He is second in passer rating (161.6), passing yards per game (332.4) and third in ESPN’s total QBR (62.1).

His 332.4 yards per game ranks No. 6 nationally, while ranking No. 11 in touchdown passes and completion percentage.

The Wolf Pack offense ranks No. 9 in the FBS and enter its season finale at 6-1, in large part due to Strong’s breakout sophomore campaign. They will face-off against the undefeated San Jose State Spartans (5-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. It is considered a must-win for both programs in order to clinch a Mountain West Title game berth, though Nevada needs a win paired with a Boise State win over Wyoming.