ALBUQUIERQUE, N.M. – Two University of New Mexico football players have been recognized for their play during the Lobos’ 66-17 victory Saturday over in-state rival New Mexico State.
Junior Brett Bowers, a defensive end from Ukiah, Calif., has earned Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honors as well as College Football Performance Awards Defensive Lineman of the Week honorable mention. Bowers recorded three sacks – one shy of the school’s single-game record and tying for the most in the conference this season – and forced a fumble that teammate SaQwan Edwards recovered at the NMSU 18. The play led to a UNM field goal.
Bowers finished with four tackles on the evening.
The conference award is the second this season for UNM. Running back Kasey Carrier was MW Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 7 for his 291-yard effort in the Lobos’ 42-35 overtime win at UTEP.
And for the second straight week, sophomore Carlos Wiggins has earned a College Football Performance Awards National honor. He is the CFPA National Kick Returner of the Week. Wiggins returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Aggies on Saturday night. He had two returns in the game for a total of 127 yards and forced NMSU to pooch kick the ball in the second half.
Wiggins, a native of Plano, Texas, earned recognition as the CFPA’s National All-Purpose Performer of the Week against UNLV on Sept. 28 by gaining 263 all-purpose yards and scoring three touchdowns during UNM’s 56-42 loss. Against New Mexico State, Wiggins had 217 all-purpose yards and scored two TDs (one kickoff return, one receiving).