Posted: Sep 2, 2013 9:13 PM by MTN Sports
OGDEN, Utah - The Big Sky Conference has selected its ROOT SPORTS football Players of the Week for games played the first weekend of the 2013 season. Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams is the Offensive Player of the Week. Montana State defensive end Brad Daly is the Defensive Player of the Week. Southern Utah kicker Colton Cook is the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Adams, a 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore quarterback from Pasadena, Calif., engineered one of the biggest upsets in FCS history, leading the Eastern Washington Eagles to a 49-46 victory over No. 25 Oregon State of the Pac-12. Adams completed 23-of-30 passes for a career-high 411 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 18 seconds to play. Adams' 518 yards of total offense set the Reser Stadium record, as well as the EWU single-game record.
Adams, who had to be taken to the locker-room early in the second half to be treated for dehydration with an IV, threw touchdown passes of 24, 31, 48 and 47 yards and scored on runs of 19 and 2 yards. Adams capped an 11-play, 75-yard run with a 2-yard touchdown run for the game-winner.
Eastern Washington scored points on all nine drives that Adams played. Adams has also been named the Sports Network Offensive Player of the Week, the CBS Sports Offensive Player of the Week, the College Sporting News Offensive All-Star and the Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
Eastern Washington became just the third FCS team in the last 30 seasons to upset a ranked FBS team. It was Eastern Washington's first win over a Pac-12 team in 10 tries.
Daly, a 6-1, 240-pound senior from Helena, Mont., led Montana State's defense in a 42-24 victory over FCS Independent Monmouth. Daly played just more than two quarters, recording six tackles - four for loss - with a sacks, a forced fumble, two pass breakups, and two quarterback hurries. He also threw a key block during Craigh Ashworth's 57-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Montana State led 39-3 at the half. Monmouth had just five first downs and 140 yards of offense in the first half.
Colton Cook, a 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior from Centerville, Utah, kicked three field goals, including the game-winner as time expired in Southern Utah's 22-21 upset of FBS squad South Alabama.
Cook drilled a 28-yarder from the left hash as time expired to give the Thunderbirds their second win over an FBS team in three seasons. Cook got Southern Utah on the board with a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter. He drilled a 37-yarder in the third quarter to give his team a 13-7 lead. Cook also made his only extra point try to finish the game with 10 points.
ROOT SPORTS, the official television partner of the Big Sky Conference, will air 10 Big Sky Conference games in 2013. The first ROOT SPORTS game is Thursday, Sept. 26, when co-defending conference champion Cal Poly takes on Portland State. On Saturday, Sept. 28, Northern Arizona plays host to Montana on ROOT SPORTS.
Kristaan Ivory, RB, Cal Poly
Vernon Adams, QB, Eastern Washington
Jordan Johnson, QB, Montana
Shawn Johnson, RB, Montana State
Greg Hardin, WR, North Dakota
Dimitri Stimphill, WR, Northern Colorado
D.J. Adams, RB, Portland State
Raysean Martin, RB, Southern Utah
Erik Walker, WR, Weber State
Xavier Ramos, LB, Cal Poly
Bo Tully, S, Montana
Brad Daly, DE, Montana State
Cordero Finley, LB, North Dakota
Conor Sparacio, LB, Northern Colorado
Jeremy Lutali, LB, Portland State
Matt Holley, LB, Southern Utah
D.J. Bush, S, Weber State
Bobby Zalud, K/P, Cal Poly
Stephen Shaw, P, Montana
Kenny Golladay, Ret., North Dakota
Kyle Loomis, P/K, Portland State
Colton Cook, K, Southern Utah
Bo Bolen, Ret., Weber State