Haener named MW Player of the Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -Fresno State senior quarterback Jake Haener was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after his gritty performance that led Fresno State to its 40-37 win at then-No. 13 UCLA on Saturday night.

This is Haener's first weekly honor by the conference. He is the first offensive recognition since Jalen Cropper (Nov. 16, 2020). He is the first Bulldog quarterback to earn the award since Marcus McMaryion (Oct. 1, 2018).

Haener finished the game completing 39-of-53 passes for 455 yards, and two touchdowns. The senior had his most passing yards (455), attempts (53) and completions (39) in a game this season.

Playing through some physical pain, Haener successfully led two late scoring drives for the 'Dogs. The first, a 10-play 75 yard scoring drive over 4:32 and the second a six play 75 yard scoring drive over 40 seconds.

Haener recorded his seventh career 300-yard passing game, and the third 400-yard passing performance of his Bulldog career. His 455 yards passing are the fourth-most in a single game among all FBS quarterbacks this season. Haener's 39 completions are the second-most in a game in the FBS this season.

Haener's leadership through the win pushed Fresno State to its first Top 25 team ranking as the Bulldogs were announced the No. 22 team by the AP Poll and the No. 24 team by the Coaches Poll.

Fresno State returns home to open Mountain West play with a 7 p.m. Friday night game against UNLV at Bulldog Stadium. 

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