Nov 16, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Washington State Cougars mascot Butch celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. The Cougars beat the Wildcats 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
We’ve talked about the performance of Connor Halliday over the weekend and his WSU record-tying performance was good enough to be nominated for the Pac-12 offensive player of the week. Unfortunately, while it was statistically and technically better than Cody Kessler’s performance against Stanford, the USC win over the 4th ranked team in the nation earned the Trojan QB the award.
Kessler went 25-37 for 288 yards and a touchdown, while Halliday went 39-53 for 319 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Both led their teams on game winning drives in their upsets.
Cougar linebacker Justin Sagote was also nominated for his performance, a 12-tackle outing with a fumble recovery to boot. He had no chance this week though, as ASU corner Robert Nelson was sensational. Nelson notched two interceptions, including a pick-6 and a fumble recovery along with five tackles.
The full list of nominations for Week 12, via Pac-12.com
"Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Marcus Mariota of OREGON andConnor Halliday of WASHINGTON STATE; running back Marion Grice of Arizona State and running back/linebacker Myles Jack of UCLA; and COLORADO wide receiver Nelson Spruce. Also nominated for defensive player of the week honors were linebackers Addison Gilliam of Colorado, Erik Kendricks of UCLA and Justin Sagote of Washington State; and USC safety Dion Bailey. Also nominated for special teams player of the week honors was punter Sean Covington of UCLA and Oregon running back/kick returner De’Anthony Thomas."