Utah State quarterback Jordan Love has been named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday by the league office.
It is the first time in his career that the 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt freshman from Bakersfield, California, has earned conference player of the week accolades.
Overall, this is the Aggies’ 16th MW weekly accolade in their fifth season in the league. Before Monday, the last Aggie to be named MW Offensive Player of the Week was senior quarterback Kent Myers against Colorado State during his sophomore campaign in 2015.
On Sunday, Love was tabbed the College Sports Madness MW Offensive Player of the Week.
Love made his first career start against UNLV this past Saturday and passed for 316 yards — the third-most by a freshman in school history — and two touchdowns to help the Aggies rally for a 52-28 victory in front of 18,157 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With those 316 yards passing, Love became just the third Aggie quarterback to throw for 300 yards in his first career start, joining Brett Stevens (340 against Fresno State in 1985) and Matt Sauk (390 against Oklahoma State in 1996).
The former Liberty High School standout finished the game by completing 19-of-27 passes. He also had 42 yards rushing on eight carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run with 6:38 left in the third quarter to give the Aggies (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West) the lead for good, 35-28.
Love threw touchdown passes of 70 and 75 yards, respectively, to become the first Aggie signal caller to throw three touchdown passes of 70 or more yards in a season since 2014. His other 70-plus yarder this year was at Wake Forest when he found sophomore wide receiver Gerold Bright from 77 yards out. He is one of just three signal callers at the Football Bowl Subdivision level to have at least three touchdown passes of 70-plus yards this season, joining Baylor’s Zach Smith (five) and Mississippi’s Shea Patterson (four).
Prior to Saturday, the last time the Aggies had two 70-yard scoring plays in the same game was in 2012 against New Mexico State.
The Aggies trailed 28-14 with less than six minutes remaining in the second quarter when Love connected with redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Nathan on a 75-yard touchdown pass. Those points were the first of 38 straight scored by Utah State, which dealt UNLV its third-straight loss.
Fresno State linebacker Jeffrey Allison was tabbed the MW Defensive Player of the Week, and Air Force placekicker Luke Strebel was tabbed the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week.
Love and the Aggies return to the friendly confines of Maverik Stadium this weekend to host Boise State on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (analyst) and Jenny Dell (reporter) on the call.