Nov. 1, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State quarterback Alex Brink has been named the Pacific-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Week, after helping the Cougars defeat UCLA, 37-15, Saturday afternoon at The Rose Bowl.
Brink, a junior from Eugene, Ore., 28-of-38 passes for a season-high 405 yards with three touchdowns against the Bruins. His 409 yards of total offense against UCLA marked a Pac-10 season high and the third time he has thrown for over 400 yards in his career.
Trailing 6-0 in the first half, Brink led the Cougars on back-to-back 90-plus yard scoring drives, both culminating with touchdown passes as WSU took a 14-6 lead. In the third quarter, Brink found Brandon Gibson for a 17-yard touchdown pass, giving WSU a 20-15 lead. That began a string of 23 unanswered points by the Cougars en route to the final margin of victory.
The award is the first of Brink's career and the first by a WSU offensive player this season. After not receiving a Player of the Week award last season, WSU players have totaled six in 2006. In addition to Brink, Mkristo Bruce, Scott Davis and Eric Frampton have been honored on defense while Loren Langley and Darryl Blunt have been named for special teams.