LOGAN, Utah – Utah State quarterback Darell Garretson has been named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week it was announced by the conference office Monday. It is the first time that Garretson has been honored by the league.
Garretson is the first-ever Utah State player to win the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week Award. Overall, Garretson is the second Aggie to be honored by the MW this season as senior linebacker Zach Vigil was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 22 following USU’s 36-24 home win against Wake Forest.
Garretson, a 6-0, 200-pound sophomore from Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS) led Utah State to a 35-20 road win at No. 18 BYU last weekend, snapping a 17-game road losing streak to BYU dating back to 1978. The win was also just the fourth in school history against a ranked opponent as No. 18 BYU is the highest ranked team USU has ever defeated topping its 48-41 overtime win at No. 19 Louisiana Tech in 2012.
Garretson was 19-of-25 passing for a season-high 321 yards against the Cougars and tied his career-high with three touchdowns, while also rushing for his first career score on a 5-yard run. In the first-half alone, Garretson was 14-of-17 passing for 257 yards with three touchdowns.
Overall, Garretson now has six touchdown passes this year and 16 in his career, and recorded just his second-career 300-yard passing game. On the season, Garretson is 57-of-87 passing for 710 yards (236.7 ypg) and is completing 65.5 percent of his passes.
For his efforts, Garretson was also named College Sports Madness’ Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, an honorable mention National Quarterback of the Week from College Football Performance Awards and America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week.
For his career, Garretson is 7-2 as a starter and won his first five starts to set the school record. He also set the freshman school record with 1,446 passing yards a year ago.
Utah State’s 35-20 road win at No. 18 BYU is also the first regular season road win by an unranked Mountain West team against a ranked opponent since UNLV posted a 23-20 win at No. 19 Arizona State on Sept. 30, 2008.
Utah State (3-2, 0-0 MW) begins Mountain West play this weekend by hosting Air Force (4-1, 1-1 MW) in its annual Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8:15 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by ESPNU. USU is 1-1 all-time against AFA and this will be the Falcons first-ever trip to Romney Stadium.
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