BYU punter Pat Thompson and Air Force's Dee Dowis, who threw for 296 yards against Northwestern, were named the Western Athletic Conference's defensive offensiveplayers of the week.

Thompson, a senior, averaged 53.2 yards on five punts in Brigham Young's 31-27 come-from-behind victory over Texas-El Paso, and four times his kicks left the Miners inside their own 20.The most important punts came in the second half when Thompson punts rolled dead at the UTEP four and five yard lines, respectively. Included was a career-high, 71-yard kick.

Dowis, a junior quarterback who rushed for more than 1,300 yards last year, completed 11 of 11 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as Air Force overwhelmed northwestern, 62-27.