Mattison, Velazquez Earn MW Honors
Nov. 13, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State sophomore running back Alexander Mattison and redshirt freshman kicker/punter Joel Velazquez were honored by the Mountain West Monday, being named Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the Broncos' 59-52 overtime victory over Colorado State.

It is the first conference weekly honor for both Mattison and Velazquez.

The Broncos (8-2, 6-0) overcame a pair of 25-point deficits Saturday night to beat the Rams, and achieve the biggest comeback since joining the FBS in 1996.

Mattison's career and record-setting night played a major role in the comeback. The San Bernardino, Calif., native ran for 242 yards and three touchdowns, both career highs, while his rushing yardage was the third-highest single-game total in Boise State history. His 286 yards from scrimmage, which included 44 yards over three receptions, set the program single-game record, eclipsing Thomas Sperbeck's 281 yards against New Mexico on Nov. 14, 2015.

Mattison helped spark the Bronco comeback with a pair of touchdowns on either side of halftime Saturday. First, he reversed field to score on a 26-yard run just over a minute before halftime, then broke free for a career-long 70-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter to bring the Broncos to with 35-24.

In overtime, Mattison scored his third touchdown, this one from four yards out, which would stand as the game-winner after the Bronco defense forced and recovered a fumble on Colorado State's do-or-die possession.

Mattison's performance put him on the cusp of his first 1,000-yard season, as he currently stands at 919 yards, to go with 10 rushing scores.

Velazquez set up Boise State's frantic comeback in the final minutes, setting up the game-tying drive in the final minute by delivering a picture-perfect onside kick with 1:41 to play.

After the Broncos pulled to within seven at 52-45, Velazquez put his kick into the CSU Stadium turf at the perfect spot, getting a bounce that went high and out of the reach of Colorado State's "hands" team, and into the right spot for Bronco wide receiver Cedrick Wilson to go up and pluck it out of the air at the Ram 43.

The successful onside kick set up the Broncos to drive for the game-tying score, and eventual overtime win.

Velazquez also averaged 40.0 yards over a pair of punts, and had five of his eight kickoffs go for touchbacks in the contest. For the year, he is averaging 40.3 yards over 18 punts, with a long of 63.

Boise State hosts Air Force for Senior Night this Saturday at 8:15 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Heading into Saturday, the Broncos can clinch the Mountain Division one of two ways: first, with a Wyoming loss to Fresno State (noon kickoff), or if the Broncos defeat Air Force that night, should Wyoming pick up the win earlier in the day.


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