Monday, October 5, 2009

Carta-Samuels wins POW honors again

Freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels

Wyoming true freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels was named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week on Monday.

Carta-Samuels won the award outright this week, after sharing the honor with TCU quarterback Andy Dalton a week ago. He becomes the first Wyoming Cowboy on offense, defense or special teams to earn MWC Player of the Week honors in back-to-back weeks since the league began in 1999.

Carta-Samuels led the Cowboys to a come-from-behind road win at Florida Atlantic, highlighted by a 12-play, 91-yard, winning touchdown drive with 4:29 remaining in the game. On the final drive, the true freshman from San Jose, Calif., rushed for 28 yards and passed for 18 yards, accounting for half (46 yards) of Wyoming's 91 yards on the scoring drive.

On the day, Carta-Samuels accounted for 292 yards of total offense -- 223 passing and 69 rushing. He completed 76.3 percent of his pass attempts on the day (29 of 38), and had a quarterback rating of 120.35. He gained a total of 99 yards rushing, but due to three sacks ended up netting 69 rushing yards.

Carta-Samuels led Wyoming on scoring drives of 47 yards, 59 yards, 80 yards on two different drives and 91 yards. UW tied a season best by scoring 30 points versus FAU. Carta-Samuels connected with seven different Cowboy receivers on the day, and guided Wyoming's offense to 421 yards of total offense.

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