Last week, Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure shined in the Wrigley Field showdown against Northwestern en route to being named Player of the Week. This week, we turn our attention to the WAC and Reno, Nevada, where the Wolf Pack ended Boise State’s hopes of playing for a National Championship by stunning the Broncos 34-31 in overtime. Wide receiver Rishard Matthews proved to be Nevada’s big play threat on the night, racking up 216 total yards and scoring twice in the game. That is why Matthews has been named the College Football Player of the Week.
Matthews made his imprint when it mattered most. Heading into the 4th quarter, Nevada trailed Boise State 24-14. On the team’s first possession of the quarter, Rishard took the ball 44 yards on an end-around to score a touchdown and put the Wolf Pack within a field goal. Then, down by 7 with just 17 seconds left to play in the game, Matthews was on the receiving end of a Colin Kaepernick touchdown pass to tie the game and send it to overtime. Kicker Anthony Martinez would nail a 34-yard field goal to win the game, but it was the heroics of Matthews that gave the team a chance.
Nevada finishes out the regular season with a game at Louisiana Tech.
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