AUSTIN - After leading an incredible come from behind, double-overtime thriller of a win Saturday, three Texas Longhorns players earned awards for their play from the Big 12 Conference.
Senior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes was named the Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week thanks to his performance against Notre Dame. Swoopes scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime, one of his three touchdowns in the game. The touchdown clinched Texas’ first win over a top 10 opponent since 2008 and their first win in a season-opener since 1980.
Swoopes finished the game with 13 carries for 53 yards and three of the five rushing touchdowns Texas had against the Fighting Irish.
Defensive tackle Chris Nelson made the first start of his career against Notre Dame and made it a memorable one. He led the Longhorns with a team-high eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. The Big 12 named Nelson the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his career-high performance.
Finally, not that there was much doubt, true freshman quarterback Shane Buechele earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors for his stellar debut for the Longhorns. Buechele was 16-of-26 for 280 yards through the air with two touchdowns and one interception. He also carried the ball five times for 33 yards and one touchdown.
Buechele was the second true freshman to ever start a season opener for the Longhorns and his 72-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter tied for the fourth-longest by a freshman in school history.