Pac-10 players of the week
September, 14, 2009
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
USC tailback Joe McKnight, UCLA linebacker Reggie Carter and UCLA kicker Kai Forbath are the Pac-10 Players of the Week.
McKnight, a junior from River Ridge, La., had 105 all-purpose yards in the Trojans' 18-15 win at No. 8 Ohio State. He rushed for 60 yards and added 45 yards on two receptions. On USC’s dramatic 86-yard fourth-quarter scoring drive to win the game, McKnight accounted for 53 yards -- 32 rushing and 21 receiving. He also made the 2-point conversion catch after the score.
Carter, a senior from Los Angeles, Calif., and Forbath, a junior from Pacific Palisades, Calif., played key roles in UCLA’s 19-15 upset win at Tennessee. Carter had a game-high 14 tackles, including a tackle for loss. Carter posted seven of his tackles in the fourth quarter, with two of the tackles coming on third and fourth downs of a successful goal-line stand with 1:59 to play and the Bruins leading by six points.
The UCLA defense limited Tennessee to 208 yards total offense (115 rushing, 93 passing), forced four turnovers, including three interceptions and posted three quarterback sacks.
Forbath accounted for 13 of UCLA’s 19 points as he was successful on four of five field goal attempts, connecting from 26, 39, 31 and 47 yards, with his only miss coming on a 51-yard attempt.
Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Nic Grigsby of Arizona, Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State and Jahvid Best of California and quarterback Jake Locker of Washington. Also nominated on defense were cornerback Trevin Wade of Arizona and linebackers Mason Foster of Washington, Chris Galippo of USC, Keaton Kristick of Oregon State, Casey Matthews of Oregon and Mychal Kendricks of California. Also nominated for special-teams play was Oregon return man Walter Thurmond III.