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Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Eddie Lackey (Baylor) and Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma) have been chosen Big 12 Football Players of the Week, as selected by a media panel. Jones (offense) was honored for the second straight week and seventh time in his career while Lackey (defense) and Saunders (special teams) were recognized for the first time.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Landry Jones, Oklahoma, ,QB, Sr, Artesia, N.M.
Landry Jones led Oklahoma to a 51-48 OT victory over Oklahoma State as he completed 46-of-71 passes for 500 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first player in OU history to register back-to-back 500-yard passing games, and owns all three of the 500-yard games in school history. It was his 12th career game with 400-plus yards. Jones set single-game school records for both completions and attempts, breaking the previous marks of 39 completions (Josh Heupel vs. Ole Miss, 12/31/99) and 62 attempts (Jones vs. OSU, 11/27/10). The senior become the Big 12's career leader for passing yards (16,124) and total offense yards (15,756), marks which rank third and fourth, respectively, in NCAA history. Jones is also the first player in the FBS to have 3,000-plus passing yards and 26-plus touchdown passes in each of his four seasons.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Eddie Lackey, Baylor, Jr, LB, Murrieta, Calif.
Eddie Lackey intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble to help Baylor become bowl-eligible for a third straight season after a 52-45 OT win against Texas Tech. He returned his first interception 55 yards for a touchdown with 14:44 left in the fourth quarter to give BU its first lead of the game (35-31). His second pick ended TTU's drive to win the game as the score was tied at 45 with 2:46 remaining. The fumble recovery occurred at Baylor's own 7-yard line with 1:32 remaining in the first half as Tech was driving to build on a 21-7 lead. Lackey is the first Baylor player to have three takeaways in a game since Jordan Lake had two interceptions and a fumble recovery vs. Buffalo on Sept. 22, 2007.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma, PR, Jr, Elk Grove, Calif.
With Oklahoma trailing 38-30 in the fourth quarter, Jalen Saunders ran back an OSU punt 81 yards for his first career punt return touchdown. He finished the game with 251 all-purpose yards, the sixth-highest single-game total by an OU wide receiver. Oklahoma is the only Big 12 team that has two punt return TDs in 2012.