Welcome to Big 12 DieHards’ Week 5 Newcomer of the Week. There were a number of exciting performances across the Big 12 from first-year players, but one stood apart.
Also check out our other Big 12 player of the week awards:
- Offensive player of the week Mason Rudolph
- Defensive player of the week Deshon Elliott
- Special teams player of the week Matthew McCrane
- Newcomer of the week Damarcus Fields
Texas Tech CB Damarcus Fields
Result: 41-34 loss to No. 15 Oklahoma State
Texas Tech has struggled on the defensive side of the ball for several years. However, while going against one of the best offenses in the nation, the Red Raiders put together a strong performance.
Oklahoma State drove down the field for a touchdown easily on the opening drive. One drive later, the Cowboys went 51 yards in five plays to move to the Texas Tech 19-yard line. Then, freshman cornerback Damarcus Fields intercepted the ball and took it 95 yards to the house.
The interception changed the momentum of the game. After averaging 9.9 yards per play the first two drives, Oklahoma State fell to 6.8 yards per play the rest of the game. While that’s still excellent, it was a more manageable number for Texas Tech to keep up with.
The next drive, Oklahoma State missed a field goal. Texas Tech’s offense then took the ball 80 yards for a touchdown of its own to make it 14-7.
Texas Tech eventually lost the game, but Fields’ effort made a big difference. In addition to his pick-six, Fields added 5 tackles and a pass breakup.
- Baylor freshman running back John Lovett had 7 carries for 95 yards – including a breakaway 70-yard touchdown run – against a stout Kansas State defense. The Bears lost 33-20 on the road in Manhattan, Kan.
- Texas freshman running back Toneil Carter had 6 total touches for 37 yards. He added a 22-yard receiving touchdown in a tight 17-7 win over Iowa State.
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