Clayton Earns Call
Omar Clayton is the second Rebel in as many weeks to earn a MWC kudo.
Omar Clayton is the second Rebel in as many weeks to earn a MWC kudo.

Sept. 22, 2008

LAS VEGAS - Quarterback Omar Clayton (Normal, Ill./Normal Community HS) has been named the Mountain West Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week after he led his team to a 34-31 overtime victory over Big 12 Conference team Iowa State on Saturday.

The sophomore was nearly flawless as he completed 15-21 pass attempts for 235 yards, three touchdowns with no interceptions, including throwing the game-winner in overtime. On the ground, Clayton ran seven times for 24 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown on a third-and-seven play.

Clayton, who has not committed a turnover this season, extended his school-record streak of not throwing an interception to 139 pass attempts, which currently ranks third in the nation.

After earlier hooking up with Frank Summers on a 48-yard score and Casey Flair on a three-yard TD strike, Clayton quickly ended things in overtime on his team's first possession, throwing a perfect 25-yard pass to Phillip Payne in the end zone to give UNLV the victory.

Clayton's three touchdown throws gave him nine for the year, which is the most by a Rebel since Kurt Nantkes finished with 12 in 2003.

Clayton is only the second Rebel quarterback to earn a conference honor since 2002, joining Rocky Hinds on Nov. 21, 2006.

Clayton shared this week's award with Utah RB Darrell Mack. BYU LB David Nixon earned the defensive nod while Cougar punter CJ Santiago won the special teams honor.



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