Rush earns Mountain West player of the week honors

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RENO, Nev. – For the first time in his career, Nevada football senior defensive end Korey Rush has been named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.

This is the first weekly conference award given to a Wolf Pack player this season. It comes after Nevada earned a 40-22 win on Saturday at Hawai’i, handing the Rainbow Warriors their first conference loss of the season. Nevada has now won three of the last four meetings in Honolulu, and seven of the last eight meetings overall.

Rush and the Wolf Pack defense were huge parts of that victory on Saturday, stifling a Hawai’i scoring offense that was ranked in the top 30 in the nation. For the game, Rush notched five total tackles, including a career-high 4.0 tackles for loss and a career-high 3.0 sacks. His 3.0 sacks were fourth-most in a single game in program history and tied for the most in a single game by a Mountain West player this season.

Rush helped anchor a Nevada defense that held the Rainbow Warriors scoreless for two quarters and surrendered just 22 points to a team that came in averaging 36.5. Additionally, Rush and the Pack defense held Hawai'i's 36th ranked offense to just 371 yards of total offense, 259 passing yards, both well below its season averages, while also allowing Hawai'i to convert on fourth down just once in five attempts.

Nevada returns to Mackay Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 27, to battle West Division foe San Diego State at 7:30 p.m.