Rey Brathwaite named MWC Player of the Week

BYU running back <b>Reynaldo Brathwaite</b> was named today the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week after racking up 169 yards on 19 carries in the Cougars' to a 10-7 win over New Mexico. Brathwaite becomes the second BYU player to earn MWC Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors this season. Freshman tight end <b>Daniel Coats</b> received this honor after the first week of the season.

The 5-10, 170-pound junior college transfer also had three pass receptions for 18 yards and also completed a 26-yard pass for a critical BYU first down that allowed the Cougars to run out the clock, securing their second victory of the season. Brathwaite's dazzling running effort was the Cougars' first 100-yard rushing performance of the season. He averaged an impressive 8.9 yards per carry. His most impressive run of the game was a 89-yard run on the Cougars' second drive of the game, setting up a 20-yard Matt Payne field goal.

His run marked the longest in BYU history since Weldon Jackson rumbled for a school-record 93 yards 45 years ago in 1958. Brathwaite's run also tied Colorado State's Cecil Sapp for the second longest run in MWC history.

Brathwaite's performance made him only the seventh player to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Lobos since he start of the 2000 season -- 40 games. He was credited for 213 of the Cougars' 308 total net yards -- 70 percent of BYU's total offense in a 10-7 victory over New Mexico.

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