Landman, Noyer Earn Pac-12 Player Of The Week Honors
BOULDER — Colorado's 35-32 win at Stanford last Saturday earned two Buffaloes Pac-12 Conference player of the week designations, and created a little bit of history in the process.
Quarterback Sam Noyer earned the offensive honor, while inside linebacker Nate Landman was awarded the defensive accolade, marking the eighth time in school history that CU had the offensive and defensive winners from the same game. The first player of the week awards CU was eligible for came back in 1963 when the Buffaloes were a member of the Big Eight Conference.
Noyer completed 15-of-24 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing eight times for 36 yards and another two scores; his passer rating for the game was 170.9. He earned 15 first downs in all, five on the ground for the second straight game. Noyer was the first Buff to run for two scores and pass for two since Sefo Liufau did so against Arizona in 2015, and also became the 12th quarterback out of the last 51 at Colorado to win his first two starts.
Landman recorded 17 tackles – 14 of the solo variety – to lead the Buff defense. One of those was a tackle for a loss, and he added a fumble recovery, a third down stop and a touchdown save. In the process, he cracked Colorado's Top 20 list in all-time tackles and became the 17th Buffalo with 300-or-more career stops (303, 203 solo and 100 assisted). Landman also became the 11th player in Buffs history to top 200 unassisted tackles.
It's the second time in his career that he has been so honored; he earned it for the 2018 season opener against Colorado State in Denver, when he had 14 tackles, an interception, two third down stops and a tackle for loss in CU's 45-13 win.
CU had a nominee for all six conference player of the week awards; in addition to Noyer and Landman, the Buffaloes nominated inside linebacker Mister Williams for the special teams honor (four tackles and a caused penalty on kickoff coverage duty); end Terrance Lang for the defensive lineman (two tackles for loss, a third down stop and a quarterback hurry); tackle Frank Fillip for the offensive lineman (graded out to 85 percent, with three touchdown blocks); and receiver Brenden Rice for the freshman of the week (two receptions for 38 yards, including one for a 34-yard touchdown, the first of his young career).
Receiver Dimitri Stanley shared CU's coaches awards with Noyer and Fillip for the team's offensive player of the game, while outside linebacker Carson Wells earned the defensive honor with Landman and Lang; Williams was the special teams choice. The coaching staff also recognized receiver Jake Groth and running back Jayle Stacks (offensive scouts), safety Kyle Scofield and tackle Jayden Simon (defensive scouts) and receiver Alex Smith (special teams scout).
Tailback Jarek Broussard earned the league's first offensive player nod for the Nov. 7 games, as he rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns in the Buffs' 48-42 win over UCLA. This marks the first time CU has had two players honored in succession for the offensive honor since November 2010, when quarterback Cody Hawkins and tailback Rodney Stewart were recognized by the Big 12 for their efforts against Iowa State and Kansas State, respectively.
Colorado's Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week from the same game:
1971 (Big Eight) at Ohio State (TB Charlie Davis, LB Bud Magrum)
1977 (Big Eight) at Iowa State (TB Mike Kozlowski, DE Randy Westendorf)
1988 (Big Eight) at Iowa (HB Eric Bieniemy, FS Bruce Young)
1991 (Big Eight) vs. Minnesota (QB Darian Hagan, OLB Chad Brown)
1994 (Big Eight) at Michigan (WR Michael Westbrook, ILB Ted Johnson)
1995 (Big Eight) vs. Texas A&M (QB John Hessler, ILB Matt Russell)
2016 (Pac-12) vs. Washington State (QB Sefo Liufau, CB Nick Fisher)
2020 (Pac-12) at Stanford (QB Sam Noyer, ILB Nate Landman)
Since CU joined the Pac-12 in 2011, there have now been 25 Buffaloes recognized with player of the week honors, 19 of which have been selected since the start of the 2016 season (eight on offense, seven on defense and four on special teams).