Monday, Sept. 15, 2008 | 9:38 a.m.
Malo Taumua's blocked kick to ice UNLV's 23-20 overtime win at Arizona State Saturday earned the Rebels defensive lineman Mountain West Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.
The block came on a 35-yard attempt by ASU's Thomas Weber after UNLV's Kyle Watson drilled a 20-yarder to give the Rebels their first lead of the game moments earlier.
Taumua becomes the first UNLV player to take a weekly honor since line backer Beau Bell was named the Defensive POW on Oct. 29 of last year - one of his three turns last season with the honor.
The last Rebels player to be the league's Special Teams POW was kicker Sergio Aguayo on Oct. 10, 2005.
Sharing the honors with Taumua is New Mexico kicker James Aho, who connected on five field goals against Arizona. BYU quarterback Max Hall - a 59-0 winner against UCLA - was the Offensive POW, while the defensive honors were split between New Mexico cornerback Glover Quin and TCU defensive end Matt Panfil.