Mathews, Jefferson WAC Players of the Week

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Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews, Hawai‘i linebacker Solomon Elimimian and Fresno State kick returner A.J. Jefferson were named the Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.

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.

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