NORMAN, Okla. -
Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton has been named the Big 12 Conference's Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Sooners' 49-17 victory over Oklahoma State last Saturday.
Lofton was credited with nine tackles and forced an important fumble during the second quarter. The play came on a fourth-and-goal from the OU one. OSU quarterback Zac Robinson attempted a bootleg, but was hit by Lofton. The ball came free and was recovered by Oklahoma strong safety D.J. Wolfe.
Had OSU scored, the Sooner lead could have been closed to 21-14. Instead, the OU offense drove 87 yards with the ensuing possession to claim a 28-7 lead.
The Sooners held the Cowboys 18 points and 202 total yards under their season averages, respectively.
This is the second time that Lofton has won the Big 12's weekly defensive award. He was similarly honored after registering 18 tackles and a fumble return for a touchdown in the 41-31 victory over Missouri.
With 133 tackles, Lofton has more than any other linebacker in the Bob Stoops era, including Butkus Award winners Rocky Calmus and Teddy Lehman.
The Kingfisher junior also established a school record for double-digit tackles in one season with eight.
Other Big 12 honors for the week went to Missouri's Chase Daniel (offense) and Jeff Wolfert (special teams).
This Saturday Lofton and his teammates will clash with Missouri at San Antonio's Alamodome in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., on ABC.