|Posted October 10, 2011|
Mathews, Costa garner Player of the Week honors
Pack gets multiple Player of the Week honors for first time since November 2010.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - Oct. 10, 2011) - Two ThunderWolves garnered RMAC Player of the Week honors this week, as both J.B. Mathews (Fr., Aurora, Colo.) and Josh Costa (Sr., Nanakuli, Hawaii) were recognized.
Mathews had a breakout game against Colorado School of Mines in front of a nationally-televised audience, rushing for 100 yards and receiving for 100, as well, logging 226 all-purpose yards. In the game, he surpassed teammate Jesse Lewis (Sr., Loveland, Colo.) for the title of most all-purpose yardage by a freshman, now at 627 yards for the season. He also scored all three of the ThunderWolves' touchdowns in their 23-6 win over Colorado Mines.
Costa came up with two big plays on defense that sealed the win for the Pack. The first, a forced fumble on 2nd-and-goal with Mines about to push it in from the one-foot-line, resulted in a 30-yard loss and kept the ThunderWolves' 16-0 lead intact in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, Costa came up with a red zone interception that halted a would-be Mines scoring drive and led to the game-clinching touchdown by Mathews.
Both players will try to duplicate their performances Saturday when the ThunderWolves take on 4th-ranked Nebraska-Kearney in what could amount to an RMAC Championship game.