Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud was named the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference offensive player of the week Monday for his record-breaking performance against Montana State.

Gubrud passed for an Eastern Washington-record 520 yards and finished with 538 yards of total offense in the Eagles’ 41-17 win at MSU. Gubrud, a sophomore, threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers.

In just seven starts, Gubrud owns six of EWU’s top 11 total offensive performances and five of the top 18 passing performances. He has 1,441 yards and 15 touchdowns in the Eagles’ past three games.

Northern Arizona linebacker Jake Thomas recorded 14 tackles in NAU’s 45-34 win over Montana. Thomas, who also forced a fumble, was named the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week. The Lumberjacks held the Grizzlies to an 0-for-4 performance on fourth down and just 5-of-16 on third down.

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Thomas also added a four-yard receiving touchdown on offense.

EWU kicker Roldan Alcobendas was the special teams player of the week. He converted field goals of 48 and 31 yards against the Bobcats, with the 48-yarder being a career long.

Griz tumble in polls

After last week’s 45-34 loss at Northern Arizona, Montana fell out of the top 10 in both the STATS FCS and FCS Coaches’ polls. The Grizzlies are now ranked behind two Big Sky Conference teams in both polls.

They’re No. 16 in the STATS FCS Poll, behind Eastern Washington (No. 3) and Cal Poly (No. 14).

The Grizzlies are also 16th in the FCS Coaches’ Poll. Eastern Washington is still third, but North Dakota is in at No. 12. The Fighting Hawks are 17th in the STATS FCS Poll.

Cal Poly is 17th in the FCS Coaches’ Poll.

Both polls have the same top four teams – Sam Houston State, Jacksonville State, Eastern Washington and North Dakota State. Citadel is fifth in the STATS FCS Poll, while James Madison is fifth in the FCS Coaches’ Poll.


Up next

*All times MST

Montana at Eastern Washington, 1:30 p.m.
Weber State at North Dakota, noon
Southern Utah at Idaho State, 2:30 p.m.
Northern Colorado at Portland State, 3:30 p.m.
Cal Poly at Sacramento State, 7 p.m.