DENVER - Nevada running back Vai Taua, New Mexico State defensive end Donte Savage and New Mexico State placekicker Tyler Stampler were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Taua, a senior from Lompoc, Calif. (Cabrillo HS), rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a 35-13 win over San Jose State. He scored his first touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter to give Nevada a 21-10 lead. He then ripped off a 73-yard run in the third and added a four-yard scoring run to close out the scoring in the fourth. It was his fifth straight game of rushing for at least 100 yards and the 22nd in his career. He also caught two passes for 18 yards in the game.