Sermon Tabbed Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

Mike Houck
By Mike Houck
Assistant A.D. / Strategic Communications

NORMAN — Oklahoma freshman running back Trey Sermon, who was key down the stretch in OU's 49-41 win at Baylor on Saturday, was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday morning.

Sermon rushed for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns, all in the fourth quarter, as the Sooners improved to 4-0 and ran the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games. OU also extended its Big 12 winning streak to 17 contests, matching the school record.

The 6-0, 222-pounder from Marietta, Ga., entered the game with OU leading 35-31 and carried the ball 12 times for an average of 12.3 yards per rush. He was one of two Sooners who ran for more than 100 yards (Abdul Adams rushed for 164 and had a 99-yard run).

On third-and-8, Sermon scored on a 34-yard run to put OU up 42-31 with 10:31 left. On the Sooners' next drive, his nine-yard run put them ahead 49-31 with 8:55 to go.

Sermon, who carried the ball on 12 of OU's first 16 plays of the final quarter (the Sooners took a knee on the final three plays to run out the clock), is averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 70.8 rushing yards per game on the season. He has a team-high three rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.

Sermon is the second consecutive Sooner to be named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, joining sophomore receiver Marquise Brown who earned the honor last week.

No. 3 Oklahoma is off until Oct. 7 when it hosts Iowa State.