Samaje Perine Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Oklahoma sophomore running back Samaje Perine was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after his performance in Saturday's 63-27 win over Texas Tech.

Perine rushed for season highs of 201 yards and four touchdowns to help the Sooners improve to 6-1 on the year and 3-1 in the Big 12. The 201-yard effort ranks as the third best by a Big 12 player this year, while the four rushing touchdowns are tied as the most by a conference player.

The 5-10, 230-pounder from Pflugerville, Texas, averaged 8.7 yards on his 23 carries and added one reception for nine yards. He had seven runs of at least 10 yards, five of them for at least 15. Included was a 48-yard, third-quarter burst, the longest run by a Sooner this year, that set up his third touchdown and that put OU ahead 42-20.

Perine now has four career games of at least 200 rushing yards and at least four rushing TDs. He upped his season rushing averages to 88.7 yards per game and 5.4 yards per carry.

The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor is the fourth of Perine's career, tying him with Quentin Griffin and Josh Heupel for third place in OU history. Only Landry Jones (eight) and Adrian Peterson (five) earned more such honors.

Perine and the 14th-ranked Sooners will play at Kansas on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT (televised by FS1). Last year against the Jayhawks in Norman, OU ran for 510 yards (tied for the most of the Bog Stoops era) behind Perine's 427-yard effort, an FBS record.

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