Ryan Mathews, a freshman from Bakersfield, Calif. (West HS), rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in Fresno State’s 49-41 win at Nevada. He had a three-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter and then added a 54-yard scoring run in the second quarter and a 67-yard touchdown on the first offensive play of the second half. Mathews averaged 12.2 yards per carry and finished six yards shy of tying the school freshman single-game rushing record set by Derek Ward in 1999.
Solomon Elimimian, a junior from Los Angeles, Calif. (Crenshaw HS), made a WAC season-high 20 tackles in 16th-ranked Hawai‘i’s win over Utah State on Saturday night. He also had a half a sack, one tackle for a loss and broke up a pass in the game. The 20 tackles were three shy of tying the school record.
A.J. Jefferson, a sophomore from Bakersfield, Calif. (West HS), returned three kicks for 108 yards and returned a blocked field goal 40 yards for a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ win at Nevada. His 36-yard average on kick returns put the Bulldogs in good field position each time, enabling Fresno State to score a touchdown on all three drives. His touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 28-13 lead in the second quarter just as Nevada was trying to cut the lead to 21-17 on the attempted field goal.