ST. LOUIS — North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance, a redshirt freshman from Marshall, Minnesota, and Indiana State defensive lineman Derek Brewer won the Missouri Valley Football Conference player of the week honors, the league announced Sunday.
Lance, the league's offensive and newcomer of the week, became the first NDSU freshman quarterback to start a season opener and accounted for 301 yards and six touchdowns in the 57-10 win over Butler. Lance had five carries for 116 yards with touchdown runs of 33 and 61 yards, and went 10 of 11 passing for 185 yards and four touchdowns in three quarters of action. The Bison rolled up 388 yards rushing and 605 yards of total offense.
Defensive Player of the Week
DL Kaleb Brewer, Indiana State, 6-5, 260, Jr., Bloomington, Indiana
The Indiana State defense forced three turnovers during its season opener at FBS Kansas Saturday. Redshirt junior Kaleb Brewer forced what might have been the most important turnover late in the fourth quarter on a strip sack in the end zone. Teammate Inoke Moala was able to fall on it for a touchdown to put the Sycamores ahead 17-16 with under three minutes to play.
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In all, Brewer finished his day with five solo tackles, including three tackles for loss for 15 yards, a sack for seven yards, and a forced fumble.
Special Teams Player of the Week
PK Matthew Cook, UNI, 5-11, 175, Fr., Cedar Falls, Iowa
In the first game of his career, Matthew Cook hit four field goals, including the first 50-yard field goal for UNI since the 2015 season. He hit from 50, 31, 49 and 28 yards. His last two field goals came in overtimes of the three-overtime loss.