Nov. 15, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University quarterback Jeff Tuel has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week following the Cougars' 31-14 victory at Oregon State, the conference announced Monday.
Tuel's leadership helped WSU snap a 16-game conference winless streak, dating back to the end of the 2008 season, and also earn WSU's first road win since the end of the 2007 season. The sophomore from Clovis, Calif., completed 10 of 15 passes for 157 yards and no interceptions, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Marquess Wilson that gave the Cougars a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter. He also ran for a career-high 79 yards on 18 carries.
WSU converted 10 of 17 opportunities on third down with Tuel accounting for seven of those, four on the ground and three through the air. He engineered an offense that controlled the ball for more than 40 minutes during the contest.
Tuel is the first Cougar to be named player of the week this season and the first offensive player since Marshall Lobbestael was named in 2008 following the Portland State contest.