LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love has been named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Sunday.
Love made his first career start against UNLV on Saturday and passed for 316 yards and two touchdowns to help the Aggies rally for a 52-28 victory in front of 18,157 fans at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The native of Bakersfield, Calif., Love finished the game by completing 19-of-27 passes. He also had 42 yards rushing on eight carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run with 6:38 left in the third quarter to give the Aggies (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West) the lead for good, 35-28.
Love threw touchdown passes of 70 and 75 yards, respectively, to become the first Aggie signal caller to throw three touchdown passes of 70 or more yards in a season since 2014. His other 70-plus-yarder this year was at Wake Forest, when he found sophomore wide receiver Gerold Bright from 77 yards out.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Love became just the second freshman in school history to pass for 300 yards in his first career start, and became the third freshman quarterback in school history to pass for 300 yards in a game.
Furthermore, the last time the Aggies had two 70-yard scoring plays in the same game was in 2012 against New Mexico State.
The Aggies trailed 28-14 with less than six minutes remaining in the second quarter when Love hooked up with redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Nathan on a 75-yard touchdown pass. Those points were the first of 38 straight scored by Utah State, which dealt UNLV its third straight loss.
Love and the Aggies return to the friendly confines of Maverik Stadium this weekend to host Boise State on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.
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