Cats’ Schreibeis shares Big Sky honor

OGDEN, Utah — The Big Sky Conference has announced the ROOT SPORTS football Players of the Week for games played on Saturday, Nov. 10. Northern Colorado quarterback Seth Lobato is the Offensive Player of the Week. Southern Utah safety Tommy Collet Jr., Montana State defensive lineman Caleb Schreibeis, and Cal Poly linebacker Kennith Jackson, are the Tri-Defensive Players of the Week. Montana State returner Shawn Johnson is the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Lobato, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior from Eaton, Colo., completed 24-of-38 passes for 418 yards and four touchdowns to lead Northern Colorado to a 42-34 victory over Weber State. Lobato’s 418 passing yards were the third-most in school history. Lobato threw TD passes of 65, 13, 15 and 35 yards. He also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown. Lobato helped the Bears to their first win over the Wildcats.

Collet Jr., a 6-4, 194-pound junior from Moorpark, Calif., recorded a career-high 11 tackles and returned an interception 55 yards for touchdown in Southern Utah’s 35-29 triple overtime upset of No. 11 Northern Arizona. Collet Jr. sparked the upset with his interception return that gave the Thunderbirds a 7-0 lead. Two of his 11 tackles – both solo stops – came in the overtime periods, one on third down during the final drive when SUU kept NAU out of the end zone to end the game. It was the first conference loss for NAU.

Schreibeis, a 6-3, 252-pound senior from Billings, Mont., registered two sacks and two forced fumbles to go along with seven total tackles in Montana State’s 65-30 win over Portland State. His first forced fumble came in the first quarter and set up MSU’s first touchdown. Schreibeis leads the nation in forced fumbles with seven. He is second in the Big Sky with 10 sacks. Montana State’s defense held Portland State to four first downs and 18 passing yards in the first half.

Jackson, a 6-foot, 232-pound senior from Santa Clara, Calif, intercepted two passes in the first 2 1/2 minutes of Cal Poly’s 70-14 win over Idaho State. Both interceptions led to Cal Poly touchdowns. His second interception he returned 24 yards to the Idaho State 9-yard line. Jackson, who leads the Mustangs with 89 tackles, tallied seven against the Bengals, including six solo.

Johnson, a 5-foot-9, 172-pound sophomore from Bakersfield, Calif., returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in Montana State’s 65-30 win over Portland State. Johnson’s punt return for a score was MSU’s first since 2007. Johnson finished the game with 155-all-purpose yards, with 73 on punt returns, 27 on kick returns, 54 receiving yards and 1 rush yard. He caught a 54-yard touchdown.

ROOT SPORTS, the official TV partner of the Big Sky Conference, will televise the 112th meeting between Montana and second-ranked Montana State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Mountain.

— Big Sky Conference