Posted: Nov 12, 2018
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly senior fullback Joe Protheroe and senior cornerback Dominic Frasch have earned ROOT SPORTS player of the week honors from the Big Sky Conference for their performances in the Mustangs' 37-14 upset of No. 24 Idaho State on Saturday.
Both players also were honored by College Sports Madness.
Named Big Sky Offensive player of the week for the second time this season and for the fourth time in his Mustang career, Protheroe continued his assault on the Cal Poly record book as he claimed the single-season mark. Needing 211 yards to catch James Noble's 1,578-yard record, Protheroe rushed for 260 yards on 41 carries against the Bengals.
Protheroe now has 1,627 yards for the year with one game remaining Saturday against Southern Utah at 4:05 p.m. inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The Clayton Valley Charter (Concord, Calif.) graduate also has 4,088 yards for his career at Cal Poly, becoming only the second Mustang to surpass the 4,000-yard mark. Protheroe needs 118 yards to break the school record of 4,205 set by Craig Young from 1996-99.
For Protheroe, he has eight consecutive 100-yard games this season and a total of 22 for his career, another school record. He has rushed for over 200 yards in each of his last three games, four times this season and five in his career.
The leading rusher in the Football Championship Subdivision as well as in the Big Sky, Protheroe scored once on a one-yard dive in the second quarter, giving Cal Poly the lead for good at 13-7. He has 13 touchdowns this season and 35 for his career, three shy of the school record.
Protheroe is No. 2 among active career rushers in the FCS with his 4,088 yards, behind only Dominick Bragalone of Lehigh (4,229 yards).
Frasch, named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week, led a Mustang defense that held Idaho State to its lowest point total this season and more than 150 yards below the Bengals' average for total offense in a game. His interception with 46 seconds left in the first quarter halted an Idaho State drive at Cal Poly's 31-yard line.
The Garces Memorial High School and Bakersfield College transfer forced a fumble early in the fourth quarter which led to a 40-yard touchdown run by Anders Turner and a 27-14 lead. Frasch leads the nation in pass breakups, as he added four on Saturday, in addition to seven tackles – five solo and two for lost yardage – in the win.
Frasch also had four pass breakups against Brown in Game 3 and averages 1.8 pass breakups per game, sharing the No. 1 spot in the FCS with Isiah Swann of Dartmouth.
Frasch shared the award with Eastern Washington's Nzuzi Webster, who registered a 45-yard pick-six to kick off the second half and give Eastern Washington a 28-17 advantage. The cornerback added three tackles and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to help guide the Eagles to a 59-20 victory and hand UC Davis its first league loss of the season.
Eastern Washington kicker Roldan Alcobendas, who scored 11 points in the win over UC Davis, was named Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week. He kicked a 24-yard field goal to improve to 13-for-13 on the season and converted all eight of his extra points. In addition, he punted five times for an average of 39.8. Four of Alcobendas' punts were downed inside the UCD 20-yard line and three inside the 10, including 5, 7, 9, and 19. The Aggies were held to an average field position of their own 15-yard line.