Pac-12 Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva - Football Week 6
SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 today announced its 2022 football season's sixth weekly performance awards, presented by Nextiva. See below for Week 6's recognitions across the Conference and keep track of the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year watchlist here:
- Wins this award for the 2nd straight week and 4th time in his career. First UCLA player to win in back-to-back weeks since RB Johnathan Franklin in the first 2 weeks of the 2012 season. First Pac-12 player to win back-to-back since Arizona State RB Rachaad White and Utah QB Cameron Rising did it last season.
- Accounted for five touchdowns on the day while completing 18 of 23 passing attempts (.826) for four scores and 299 yards. He led UCLA to touchdowns on its first four drives (three passing TD and one rushing TD by Charbonnet) of the second half to put the home team in front 42-25 after the Bruins enjoyed a 14-10 halftime advantage.
- Thompson-Robinson's 4th touchdown toss of the game was his 76th career scoring pass which lifted him past Brett Hundley (2011-14) and into the top spot at UCLA in the category. It marked the 4th career game in which Thompson-Robinson has thrown at least 4 TD passes (5 at Washington State in 2019; also 4 vs. USC 2021and at Colorado in 2020).
- It is the 3rd time this season that Thompson-Robinson has thrown for at least 3 TD in a game (also So. Alabama-3 and Washington-3).
- .826 completion percentage was DTR's 3rd game this season above .800 and his 5th in six 2022 contests above .720. His 18 completions pushed Thompson-Robinson (716) past Josh Rosen (712) and into second-place all-time at UCLA behind only Hundley (837).
Also nominated for Offense: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon; Trenton Bourguet, QB, Arizona State; Brycen Tremayne, WR, Stanford; Travis Dye, RB, USC; Tre'Shaun Harrison, WR, Oregon State; Tavion Thomas, RB, Utah
Check out the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year Watchlist, presented by Nextiva, to learn more.
DEFENSE & DEFENSIVE LINE: Tuli Tuipulotu, Jr., DL, USC (Hawthorne, Calif.)
- Was a force to be reckoned with on the Trojan defensive line in USC's 30-14 victory over Washington State. Tuipulotu recorded 5 tackles with 4.0 for loss for 18 yards and 3.0 sacks for 17 yards.
- Had 2 sacks in 3 plays during the first quarter. He fell one short of tying the school record of 4 sacks in a game done 4 times (Marcus Cotton against Oregon State in 1987, Junior Seau against Oregon State in 1989, Tim Ryan against UCLA in 1989 and Lawrence Jackson against Arizona State in 2007).
- 5th consecutive game in which Tuipulotu had at least 1 tackle for loss, and he now has 12.5 tackles for loss on the season. Now leads the nation in sacks with 1.17 per game and is tied for No. 1 in the nation in tackles for loss with 2.1 per game.
- USC held the Cougars to 14 points. The 14 points scored were a season-low for Washington State, and its fewest since scoring 13 in a 24-13 loss at Utah on Sept. 25, 2021. USC held Washington State scoreless in the first quarter (10-0), the 3rd time in 6 games holding the opponent scoreless in the first quarter.
- USC is 6-0 to start the season for the first time since starting 6-0 in the 2006 season.
- 2nd time this season winning the Defensive Lineman award (Week 2) and first time winning Defensive Player. Last USC player to win Defensive Player of the Week was Talanoa Hufanga in Week 6 of 2020.
Also nominated for Defense: Jordan Clark, DB, Arizona State; Darius Muasau, LB, UCLA; Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah; Jaxen Turner, S, Arizona; Bennett Williams, DB, Oregon; John McCartan, LB, Oregon State
Also nominated for Defensive Line: Nesta Jade Silvera, DT, Arizona State; Tobin Phillips, DL, Stanford; Laiatu Latu, DL, UCLA; DJ Johnson, OLB, Oregon
- Brown continues to excel, doing his job in Arizona State's 45-38 victory over No. 21 Washington with a FG and 6 extra points.
- Brown's 53-yard field goal (3:57 left in 1Q) was the 6th-longest field goal in ASU history. It is also a career-high, surpassing his previous mark of 48 vs. NAU on Sept. 1st, 2022. It is the 3rd-longest field goal by a Sun Devil at Sun Devil Stadium since 1982, and the longest field goal since 2016.
- The longest field goal made by a true freshman in ASU history. He ties Thomas Weber (2007) for the longest by any freshman, as Weber was a redshirt freshman when he made a 53-yarder.
- Tied for the longest field goal made by a Pac-12 kicker this season (Stanford K Joshua Karty, Oct. 1 vs Oregon).
- Now 9/10 on field goals and has made all 18 of his extra points this season, accounting for a team-high 45 points.
- 2nd time taking home this honor this season after winning in Week 1. First Pac-12 kicker to win the award multiple times in the same season since Utah's Jadon Redding in 2020 and first Sun Devil kicker to do that since Brandon Ruiz in 2017.
Also nominated: Kazmeir Allen, WR/KR, UCLA; Joshua Karty, PK, Stanford; Denis Lynch, PK, USC; Luke Loecher, P, Oregon State; Tyler Loop, K, Arizona
- 2nd straight week winning this award and 4th time overall, tying him with Penei Sewell for the most times being honored since the award was created prior to the 2019 season. Only the 2nd player to be named Offensive Lineman of the Week in back-to-back weeks, with Sewell doing that in September 2019.
- Helped pave the way for Oregon to rush for 306 yards and 7 touchdowns, the program's most in a game since 2017 and most vs. an FBS opponent since 2012. Oregon rushed for 300-plus yards for the 2nd game in a row.
- The Ducks did not allow a sack for the 5th time in 6 games; UO leads the nation with just 1 sack allowed this season. UO also did not allow a TFL in a game for the first time since 2010
- Oregon's highest-graded offensive lineman with an 82.4 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, and a terrific 84.3 run-blocking grade
- Did not allow a pressure, hurry, QB hit or sack in 24 pass-blocking opportunities.
Also nominated: Isaia Glass, LT, Arizona State; Taliese Fuaga, RT, Oregon State; Brett Neilon, C, USC
FRESHMAN: Jaylen Jenkins, Fr., RB, Washington State (Allen, Texas)
- Had his best game of the season, rushing for 130 yards while adding 54 yards receiving on 2 receptions.
- Totaled 130 rushing yards on just 13 carries, a 10.0 ypc average, including a long of 41 yards. Jenkins set season-highs in rush yards (130) and all-purpose yards (184).
- Recorded WSU's first 100-yard rushing game by a freshman since James Williams in 2016 (126, Idaho).
- 1st Washington State player to win this award since the final week of the 2021 season, when Jayden de Laura led the Cougars to an Apple Cup win over Washington.
Also nominated: Damien Martinez, RB, Oregon State; Jordan James, RB, Oregon; Carter Brown, K, Arizona State; Denis Lynch, PK, USC