MWC Roundup: Strong play gets Fales noticed nationally

David Fales had a  career night against Wyoming, throwing for 482 yards and accounting for six touchdowns (5 passing, 1 rushing) in what was probably his crowning performance this season.

The senior quarterback from Salinas is beginning to put together an excellent season, and it’s starting to get him recognition. He was named MWC player of the week for the second straight game on Monday for his performance.

And that’s not all. As Jimmy Durkin of the Mercury News reports, Fales was also named one of eight stars for the Manning Award again this week, with voting taking place here for the top award.

On top of that, his performance has put him in the running for Capital One Impact Performance of the week, with voting for that going on through ESPN here. He was also honorable mention for quarterback of the week from the Davey O’Brien Award trust, for which Fales is in 22nd place.

Around the Mountain West

— New San Jose State women’s basketball coach Jamie Craighead, whom the Spartans poached from Sacramento State, will make her first appearance on the bench tonight when they take on William Jessup at the Event Center in an exhibition game.

— After eight years of struggles against Nevada, UNLV finally got to paint the Fremont Cannon red thanks to its 27-22 win on Saturday in Reno. The Rebels, 5-3 on the season and 3-1 in Mountain West play, will host the Spartans for their homecoming game on Saturday at 1 p.m.

— University of Nevada students — a whole 15 percent of them, which must be a record for student elections — voted in favor of a $30 fee on top of tuition to help construct a $46 million student fitness center and a $25 million field house, Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. The Nevada board of regents needs to approve the fee in early December before it can go into effect.

— Fresno State is nearing a sellout for Saturday’s game against Nevada. The team is as banged up as its ever been in coach Tim DeRuyter’s tenure, Bryant Jon-Anteola of the Fresno Bee reports.

— Colorado State’s volleyball team is really damn good.

— Meanwhile, the Rams are playing meaningful November football for the first time in a long time, Kelly Lyell of the Fort Collins Coloradoan writes. While the Western division of the MWC is fairly straight forward, the Mountain is a mess with three viable contenders all slated to see each other throughout the next month.

— Oh, and Colorado State may have to make their move with QB Garrett Grayson hobbled.

— San Diego State has opened up a position battle for kicker after Saturday’s debacle, writes Stephanie Loh of UT San Diego, in which sophomore Seamus McMorrow missed a 40-yarder earlier in the game, then had a potential game winner blocked. Senior Wes Feer will get a chance to win the job back.

— Kicker isn’t the only position in flux for the Aztecs. After starter Quinn Kaehler, it’s apparently  chaos.

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