On the heels of his record-breaking rushing performance in leading the Cal Poly football team to an upset victory over ranked Montana, quarterback Chris Brown garnered weekly honors both conference and nationwide.
Brown was named a Big West co-offensive player of the week Monday alongside Southern Utah signal caller Aamon Olsen, as well as The Sports Network national co-offensive player of the week with Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman.
Brown ran for a school-record 226 yards and two scores in addition to throwing for 107 yards and a TD in the Mustangs’ 41-21 victory over the then-No. 7 Grizzlies.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior, who beat out Dano Graves for the starting spot in an offseason competition, averaged 10.8 yards per carry in earning his first conference player of the week honor.
Brown’s 856 rushing yards on the season rank behind only Idaho State’s Xavier Finney atop the conference leaderboard.
Olsen, another junior, completed all but two of his passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns in Southern Utah’s 35-17 win over North Dakota.
Idaho State linebacker Mitch Beckstead and Northern Arizona kicker Ryan Hawkins took home Big Sky defensive and special teams weekly honors, respectively.
Mustangs close to breaking into top 25
The win over the seventh-ranked Grizzlies got poll voters’ attention, but not enough to vault Cal Poly into the top 25 for the first time this season.
Winners of four straight, the Mustangs received 30 votes in the FCS Coaches Poll to fall 12 short of 25th-ranked Southern Illinois. Cal Poly’s 30 votes were the most by an unranked team.
In the Sports Network FCS poll, the Mustangs garnered the third-most votes for an unranked team with 203 behind Northern Arizona’s 245 and Southern Illinois’ 247. Bryant is ranked 25th with 249.
Montana fell to No. 11 in the coaches poll and 12th in TSN’s rankings.
The Mustangs host Montana State on Saturday, a team ranked ninth by the coaches and eighth by TSN.