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Nov 12, 2012 9:16 PM by Andrew Masuda

Kennith Jackson named Big Sky Player of the Week, Cal Poly football climbs to #17

Prior to what could possibly be an historic weekend of football for the Cal Poly football team, senior linebacker Kennith Jackson has been named the Big Sky Conference defensive player of the week.

Jackson intercepted two passes that lead to two touchdowns and recorded 7 tackles against Idaho State on Saturday. The Mustangs routed Idaho State 70-14 to improve to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in Big Sky play.

Jackson's two thefts, his first of the season, both came in the first 2 1/2 minutes. Jackson, who now has six interceptions in his Cal Poly career, returned the second theft 24 yards to the Idaho State 9-yard line, setting up a nine-yard scoring run by Deonte Williams. His first interception on the fourth play of the game resulted in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Andre Broadous to Willie Tucker.

Jackson is Cal Poly's leading tackler this season with 89, lifting his career total to 294 tackles, No. 6 on Cal Poly's all-time list.

Jackson shares the weekly Root Sports Big Sky award with Southern Utah safety Tommy Collet Jr. and Montana State defensive lineman Caleb Schreibeis.

The Mustangs play at Northern Arizona Saturday at 3:05pm. The two teams, as well as Eastern Washington and Montana State are tied for first in the conference headed into the regular season finale.

The Mustangs climbed to #17 in the national media poll and #18 in the coaches poll. NAU, after having its eight game winning streak snapped, is ranked 15th in both polls this week.

"When you know you're competing with the best and actually winning and at the top level, it's a huge honor to have that. It feels great to be in this position," said Jackson headed into the NAU game.

"It's exciting. The first year in the Big Sky, they set 3 goals for themselves. They said they wanted to beat UC Davis to get the horseshoe back they did it. They wanted to win the Big Sky Conference championship and have an opportunity to do that. And they'd like the opportunity to play for a national championship and by winning Saturday all 3 of those goals would be there's," said head coach Tim Walsh.

This will be Cal Poly's first game since 2003 with NAU. The Mustangs are 0-8 all-time against the Lumberjacks.

KSBY is sending Bill Halter to provide complete coverage of the game. The 20 team field for the FCS National Playoffs will be unveiled on Sunday morning.

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