Pac-10 Football Players of the Week (10/8/01)

Oct. 8, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Joey Harrington of Oregon and linebacker Ben Mahdavi and kicker John Anderson, both of Washington, have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week in football.

Harrington, a senior from Portland, Ore., had a sensational game in Oregon's 63-28 win at Arizona. He accounted for six touchdowns as he threw for three scores and ran for three more. Harrington completed 15 of 24 passes (.625) for 279 yards and three touchdowns of 2, 38 and 17 yards. He also rushed four times for nine yards and three short touchdowns. The six touchdowns responsible for is just one short of the Pac-10 record for a regulation game. Harrington directed a Duck offense that scored nine touchdowns and put up 607 yards total offense--282 rushing and 325 passing.

Mahdavi, a junior from Mercer Island, Wash., keyed Washington's defense in the Huskies' 27-24 win against USC. Mahdavi had a game-high 15 tackles, including a quarterback sack (-7), and recovered a fumble.

Anderson, a junior from Boynton Beach, Fla., connected on the game-winning field goal from 32 yards out as time expired to give Washington the 27-24 victory against USC. It was the first time since 1980 that Washington had won a game on the last play of the game. It marks the third week in a row that a Washington player earned special teams player of the week honors, as Anderson follows return man Roc Alexander and punter Derek McLaughlin for the award.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Dave Minnich of Washington State, Willie Hurst of Washington and Sultan McCullough of USC and wide receiver Shaun McDonald of Arizona State. Also nominated on defense were backs Erik Coleman of Washington State and Troy Polamalu of USC, end Terrell Suggs of Arizona State and linebacker Wesley Mallard of Oregon. Kickers Drew Dunning of Washington State and Jared Siegel of Oregon were nominated for special teams play.

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