(Editor’s note: Big Sky Conference media release)
OGDEN, Utah – The Big Sky Conference announced its ROOT SPORTS Players of the Week, after a competitive weekend that has three teams tied for first place with one regular-season game left. The offensive player of the week accolades went to Southern Utah’s Patrick Tyler, while Eastern Washington players Jack Sendelbach and Jordan Dascalo picked up defensive and special teams honors.
Tyler led Southern Utah to its sixth consecutive win with a 47-27 road win at UC Davis. He threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday for the Thunderbirds. He completed 26 passes to nine different receivers on the evening. He’s tallied 2,434 yards this season and 20 touchdowns with 204 completions, as he has the Thunderbirds in the hunt for a Big Sky championship.
Sendelbach guided the Eastern Washington defense on Saturday, as the Eagles snagged a 21-14 win on the road at North Dakota. The sophomore linebacker earned the start, as he finished with 11 tackles He was also credited with a half sack and a fumble recovery. Sendelbach’s fumble recovery came with 13:21 left in the game at the Eagles’ one-yard line and Eastern Washington holding on to a 21-7 lead.
Dascalo’s punting was a major factor in the Eagles coming away with a seven-point victory over the Fighting Hawks. He punted seven times for an average of 52.7 yards per kick and had two downed inside the North Dakota 20-yard line. His career-long punt of 67 yards – sixth longest in school history – came with 2:47 remaining in the game was downed at the UND three-yard line. The Fighting Hawks never made it past their own 15-yard line before Eastern Washington was able to run out the clock. North Dakota’s average field position was the 24-yard line. Six of Dascalo’s seven punts were at least 50 yards – in order he had punts of 50, 51, 56, 58, 51, 36 and 67 yards.
There will be two ROOT SPORTS Games of the Week. The first one will be Montana at Montana State in the Brawl of the Wild at 12 p.m. MT, followed by Portland State at Eastern Washington at 3 p.m. PT.