SAN JOSE -- San Jose State running back De'Leon Eskridge and quarterback David Fales both earned awards Monday for their performance in the Spartans' 52-43 win over Louisiana Tech.
Eskridge, who rushed for a career-high 217 yards on 28 carries and matched his career high with three touchdowns, was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Fales is one of eight recipients of the Manning Award Star of the Week. He completed 25 of 37 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns.
Eskridge moved to within eight yards of becoming the first Spartan in six seasons to rush for 1,000 yards.
His last two touchdowns turned a six-point deficit into a 45-37 lead early in the fourth quarter. He sandwiched two 1-yard scoring runs around a 32-yard touchdown burst. He had a 28-yard run that set up his first touchdown and also had a 45-yard run on the Spartans' last drive that run down the clock.
Eskridge's award marked the 10th time an SJSU player has won a WAC player of the week award. The Spartans have been awarded after each of their victories. Senior defensive end Travis Johnson and junior cornerback Bené Benwikere have won the Defensive Player of the Week award twice, junior linebackers Vince Buhagiar and Keith Smith and senior safety Cullen Newsome have won it once.
Fales won the offensive award earlier this month and sophomore running back/kick returner Tyler Ervin earned the Special Teams Player of the Week
Fales broke Scott Rislov's 2002 record for pass completions. He is now the single-season school record holder in passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and completions. He is on pace to break school records for passer efficiency and completion percentage.
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