OSU's Justin Gilbert was named the Co-Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday following his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the Cowboys' 42-6 victory over Kansas.
Gilbert's return was the sixth for a score of his career, setting a Big 12 record and making him the NCAA's active leader in that category. He's one touchdown away from the NCAA record, which is held by Clemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11).
Gilbert, who shared the honor with Texas kicker Anthony Fera, gives OSU eight different players who have been honored with a Big 12 weekly award this season. That ties a conference record with Colorado in 2001 and OSU in 2010.
Here's the list of Cowboys to take a Big 12 weekly individual award so far this season:
linebacker Caleb Lavey (Mississippi State); quarterback J.W. Walsh (Texas-San Antonio); punt returner Josh Stewart (Lamar and TCU); linebacker Shaun Lewis (Kansas State); kicker Ben Grogan (Kansas State); running back Desmond Roland (Iowa State); quarterback Clint Chelf (Texas Tech); Gilbert.
OPPONENT WATCH: BROWN SALUTES OSU DEFENSE
Texas coach Mack Brown has long publicly admired the Cowboys offense.
Now he's taking notice of the OSU defense.
“When you start studying them, they're much better on defense than they've been,” Brown said Monday during his weekly press conference.
Brown noted several stats, including the Cowboys holding their last three opponents to an 0-for-29 conversion number on third-and-long, meaning third-and-7 or longer.
“They're just shutting people out on third downs,” Brown said. “They've forced 23 turnovers. Those guys are playing at a high level.
“They get so much more credit for their offense than they do their defense, their defense has really stepped up.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND GINA MIZELL