NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma senior wide receiver Jalen Saunders has been recognized as the Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in OU’s 48-10 win over Iowa State.
With the Cyclones leading 10-3 in the second quarter, Saunders broke off a 91-yard punt return touchdown to even the score at 10-10. The Sooners would not look back, scoring 45 unanswered points to close out an undefeated season at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The punt return tied as the third-longest in OU history. Saunders currently ranks second in the Big 12 in punt return average (13.5).
It is the second Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honor for Saunders. In last year’s home finale vs. Oklahoma State, he produced an 81-yard punt return touchdown to help spark the Sooners in a 51-48, overtime victory.
In addition to Saunders on special teams, the Sooners have also boasted a Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (QB Blake Bell – Tulsa) and a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (S Gabe Lynn – West Virginia).
Saunders shares the honor with Kansas State kicker Jack Cantele who hit a game-winning 41-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to give the Wildcats a 33-31 win over TCU.