Pac-12 announces football players of the week
SAN FRANCISCO - Quarterback Connor Halliday of WASHINGTON STATE, defensive end Nate Orchard of UTAH and wide receiver Trevor Davis of CALIFORNIA have been named offensive, defensive and special teams Pac-12 Players of the Week in football.
Halliday, a senior from Spokane, Wash., completed 49-of-70 passes for an NCAA FBS record 734 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. Halliday guided the Cougars to 59 points in the 60-59 loss to California, their highest total since posting 64 to open the 2011 season against Idaho State. The 734 yards eclipsed the previous record of 716 yards set by David Klingler of Houston, Dec. 2, 1990. Halliday threw for 337 yards in the first half and 397 yards in the second half, a school record. Halliday became just the 15th player in NCAA FBS history to throw for 600 yards and he accomplished that before the end of the third quarter. He connected on touchdown passes of 90, 16, 17, 86, 9, and 9 yards, pushing his career total to 84, passing Andrew Luck and moving into fifth all-time in Pac-12 Conference history. Halliday leads the nation in total offense, (498.0 ypg), completions per game (41.67) and passing yards per game (508.7).
Orchard, a senior from Salt Lake City, Utah, tied the school record with four sacks and recorded a career-high 11 tackles to help the Utes upset No. 8 UCLA, 30-28. Two of his sacks came in the fourth quarter and helped the Ute defense hold the Bruins to three consecutive three-and-outs. His 8-yard sack on third down stopped the first drive of the quarter and his 6-yard sack on first down in the third series of the quarter was the first of three consecutive sacks for the Utes. Orchard moved into the national lead in both sacks (8.5) and sacks per game (1.70) with his big game against UCLA and helped his team move into the national lead in sacks per game (5.6). Utah’s 10 sacks against UCLA is the second-most in school history.
Davis, a senior from Martinez, Calif., became the first player in Golden Bear history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, returning two consecutive Washington State kickoffs for 100-yard and 98-yard scores in the third quarter. Davis became just the third player in Pac-12 history with two kickoff return TDs in the same game. (Reggie Dunn, Utah, 2012; Anthony Davis, USC, 1972). Davis’ return TD was the first for Cal since 2011 (Brendan Bigelow). Davis' 198 kickoff return yards were also a school record, surpassing the old mark of 186 set by Deltha O'Neal vs. Navy in the 1996 Aloha Bowl. Davis also added three catches for 82 yards and a career-high two TD catches and finished with a career-high 280 all-purpose yards.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Terris Jones-Grigsby, RB, ARIZ; Jaelen Strong, WR, ASU; Jared Goff, QB, CAL; Terron Ward, RB, OSU; Jordan Payton, WR, UCLA; Devontae Booker, RB, UTAH; Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Dan Pettinato, DL, ARIZ; Jordan Simone, S, ASU; Jabral Johnson, LB, OSU; Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DL, UCLA; Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Tyrell Johnson, WR, ARIZ; Trevor Romaine, PK, OSU; Cameron Judge, LB, UCLA; Nelson Agholor, WR, USC; Andy Phillips, K, UTAH
2014 Player of the Week History
|Sept. 1||Cody Kessler, USC||Eric Kendricks, UCLA||Kaelin Clay, UTAH|
|Sept. 8||Marcus Mariota, ORE||Leonard Williams, USC||Andre Heidari, USC|
|Sept. 15||Jerry Neuheisel, UCLA||Shaq Thompson, WASH||Ishmael Adams, UCLA|
|Sept. 22||Cayleb Jones, ARIZ||Gionni Paul, UTAH||Andy Phillips, UTAH|
|Sept. 29||Brett Hundley, UCLA||Peter Kalambayi, STAN||Ishmael Adams, UCLA|