For the second straight week, the Cal Poly football team toppled a ranked opponent from the state of Montana within the confines of Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
And for the second straight week, the Big Sky Conference recognized a Mustang for the contributions he made in the upset victory.
Senior linebacker Nick Dzubnar was named the conference’s defensive player of the week Monday for the second time in his career after recording 18 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Mustangs’ 35-27 victory over then-No. 8 Montana State on Saturday.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Mission Viejo graduate leads the nation in tackles per game with 14.1, and is 32 tackles away from breaking Kyle Shotwell’s single-season school record of 158 from 2005.
Dzubnar is a Buck Buchanan Award candidate, and was also named Big Sky defensive player of the week during his sophomore season in 2012, when he had nine tackles and returned an interception for a touchdown in a win over Northern Arizona.
Quarterback Chris Brown was named co-offensive player of the week on Oct. 27, after leading the Mustangs to a win over nationally ranked Montana.
Joining Dzubnar with this week’s honors were Northern Colorado quarterback Sean Rubalcaba and Northern Arizona kicker/punter Ryan Hawkins.
Cal Poly earns year’s first top 25 ranking
A five-game winning streak and consecutive wins over a top-10 opponent were deemed enough to vault the Mustangs into both major top 25 polls released Monday.
Cal Poly (6-3, 4-1 Big Sky) is ranked No. 21 in The Sports Network media poll and No. 23 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
Montana and Montana State — two teams also at 6-3 and two teams the Mustangs recently defeated — remain ranked ahead of Cal Poly.The Grizzlies are ranked No. 10 by the coaches and No. 11 by the media, and the Bobcats are ranked No. 15 by the media and No. 16 by the coaches.
The Mustangs visit Idaho State on Saturday in a matchup of two of the four teams tied atop the Big Sky standings.
De Los Santos, Price pace Mustangs
Sophomore Justin De Los Santos and junior Camden Price both turned in career-best 67s in the opening round of the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational in Hawaii.
Both players are tied for seventh place with three other golfers on the par-72 course, three shots back of Pepperdine’s Frederick Wedel, who leads at 64.
Cal Poly is fifth out of 15 teams, with the second of three rounds to be played this morning.
Berwick makes Florida State debut
Atascadero High graduate and two-time boys basketball county player of the year Robbie Berwick made his college debut in Florida State’s 95-73 exhibition victory over Embry Riddle.
The 6-foot-4 combo guard came off the bench to score six points and grab two rebounds in 15 minutes. Berwick was 2-of-4 shooting, all of which were 3-pointers.
Shorts places second at Clarion Open
Cal Poly sophomore Colt Shorts took second in the 157-pound bracket at the season-opening Clarion Open in Pennsylvania on Sunday.
Shorts, who is from Canonsburg, Penn., earned bonus points in three of his four victories, including pinning Edinboro’s Chase Delande a mere 51 seconds into their semifinal bout.
Shorts fell by major decision, 9-0, in the final to Delande’s teammate, Austin Matthews.
Cal Poly at Bulldog Classic
Four Mustangs closed out Cal Poly’s fall schedule at the Bulldog Classic at Fresno State on Sunday.
Junior Dané Joubert fell in the quarterfinals of the singles B Flight, freshman Abby Bacharach lost in the C Flight quarterfinals, Anna Klavins made it to the C Flight consolation semifinals, and the doubles team of Joubert and Bryn Bacharach reached the A Flight consolation semifinals.