Sept. 13, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Kole McKamey, Josh Bazinet and Wes Zunker, all of the University of New Mexico, were named Mountain West Conference Players of the Week the league office announced this morning. McKamey claims Offensive Player of the Week, Bazinet takes Defensive honors, while Zunker receives special teams recognition. Zunker earns the award for the second time in his career, while McKamey and Bazinet capture the honor for the first time. The Lobos defeated Texas Tech for the first time in 20 years, 27-24, on Saturday at University Stadium.
New Mexico joins San Diego State (Oct. 13, 2000) as the only two teams in Mountain West history to sweep all three awards in the same week. UNM has twice won both the offensive and defensive awards in the same week (Nov. 26, 2001/Nov. 17, 2003) when no special teams player was selected. Colorado State is the only other team to accomplish that feat (Nov. 25, 2002).
MWC Offensive Player of the Week
Kole McKamey, New Mexico, Quarterback, Sophomore
McKamey was instrumental in New Mexico's 27-24 victory over Texas Tech, totaling 222 yards of total offense and engineering the game-winning drive that helped the Lobos snap a 10-game losing skid against the Red Raiders. McKamey completed 12-of-24 passes for 173 yards with no interceptions and one touchdown. He also rushed for 49 yards on 10 carries and a pair of touchdowns. With the score tied at 24, the Lobos took over on their own 20 with 1:47 remaining. McKamey opened the drive with a 10-yard option keeper and capped it by completing a 14-yard pass to freshman WR Marcus Smith that moved the ball to the Texas Tech 25. Two plays later, Wes Zunker nailed a field goal to give New Mexico the victory.
MWC Defensive Player of the Week
Josh Bazinet, New Mexico, Safety, Senior
Bazinet doubled his career-high with 12 tackles, including eight solo, in the win over Texas Tech. He also had a seven-yard sack, two pass deflections and three quarterback hurries.
MWC Special Teams Player of the Week
Wes Zunker, New Mexico, Placekicker, Senior
Zunker connected on a pair of fourth-quarter field goals, including a 43-yarder as time expired to give the Lobos a three-point victory over Texas Tech. Zunker made a 44-yarder on the first play of the fourth quarter that tied the game at 24.