LOGAN -- Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton has been named the Western Athletic Conference offensive player of the week for his school-record tying performance in USU's 63-19 win over Wyoming Saturday.
Keeton, a freshman from Houston, Texas, completed 16-of-21 passes for 228 yards and a school-record tying five touchdowns in Utah State's 63-19 win against Wyoming. He also added 44 rushing yards on four carries. All five touchdown passes came in the first half as Utah State scored on its first eight possessions of the game.
With the five TD's, Keeton becomes the fourth different Aggie QB to hit the school record.
* BYU'S SORENSEN HONORED: Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees, Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter and BYU placekicker Justin Sorensen have been named FBS independent players of the week, for games through Oct. 8. Rees is honored on offense, while Slaughter is the award recipient on defense and Sorensen is recognized on special teams. Sorensen is a two-time weekly honoree.
Sorensen, a sophomore from South Jordan, had a perfect day from the placement spot as BYU extended its victory streak to three games with a 29-16 home win over San Jose State.
Sorensen was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts (hitting from 42 and 45 yards) and made all three of his PATs. On the season, Sorensen is now 9-for-11 on FGs and 13-for-13 on PATs.
* TCU ACCEPTS INVITATION TO JOIN BIG 12: TCU accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 on Monday night, ignoring the conference's recent instability and seizing an opportunity to be a part of a league with natural geographic rivals.
Chancellor Victor Boschini Jr. made the expected announcement in front a packed room of more than 200 people, and athletic director Chris Del Conte fought back tears as he recalled receiving the phone call from the Horned Frogs' new conference last week.
"This is living proof that dreams do come true," he said.
The move could provide some much-needed stability for the Big 12, which lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-12) over the summer and will lose Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference next year. Missouri is also exploring a move to the SEC.
TCU has a strong football background that includes celebrated athletes from the 1930s -- including Heisman Trophy winner Davey O'Brien and All-American Sammy Baugh, who both played in the NFL.
The Horned Frogs went 13-0 last season and won the Rose Bowl. They also went undefeated in the 2009 season, then lost to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.
* ARIZONA FIRES COACH MIKE STOOPS AFTER 1-5 START: Coach Mike Stoops has been fired halfway through his eighth season at Arizona.
Athletic director Greg Byrne announced Stoops' dismissal at a news conference Monday evening, two days after the Wildcats lost their fifth straight game, 37-27, at previously winless Oregon State.
Dating to last season, Arizona has lost 10 of 11 games, the lone victory this season's opener over Northern Arizona, a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) school. The Wildcats last beat a Football Bowl Subdivision team in a game against UCLA on Oct. 30, 2010.
Stoops had a 41-50 record with the Wildcats. He was co-defensive coordinator on his brother Bob's staff at Oklahoma before he was hired at Arizona.