LAWRENCE, Kan. (KU Athletics) – Kansas had a pair of players recognized for their efforts in leading the Jayhawks to a 24-21 overtime win over Texas as sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., and senior kicker Matthew Wyman both snagged weekly honors the Big 12 Conference office announced Monday morning. Armstrong was tabbed Co-Defensive Player of the Week, while Wyman was named Special Teams Player of the Week.
Armstrong, who was honored by the conference office for the first time in his KU career, led the Jayhawks’ first win over the Longhorns since 1938 as he tallied a career-best 11 total tackles, including nine solo stops. Additionally, he collected 2.0 sacks and 3.0 TFLs in the win. Armstrong’s strip-sack of UT quarterback Tyrone Swoopes marked his second forced fumble of the season, a fumble he recovered returned seven yards. The Houston, Texas native now leads the Big 12 in both sacks (10.0) and TFLs (17.0) on the season.
Wyman, who was also honored for the first time in his KU career, propelled Kansas to its overtime victory over Texas by drilling a 25-yard field goal in overtime to forge the Jayhawks’ win. The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, native connected on three field goals during the game. In addition to the game-winner, Wyman tied the game for KU with a 36-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation. He also drilled a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter. Wyman’s game-winning field goal marked the second of his career. He led KU to victory with a 52-yard winner against Louisiana Tech in 2013.
With Armstrong and Wyman picking up the awards during the same week, Kansas had two players honored by the Big 12 in the same week for the first time since Todd Reesing and Darrell Stuckey picked up weekly awards on Dec. 1, 2008 following a win over Missouri. Armstrong, Wyman and punter Cole Moos (Oct. 17) give Kansas three weekly award winners in a single season for the first time since 2007 when Reesing, Marcus Herford and Scott Webb were each honored by the Big 12 office.
UP NEXT: Kansas closes out the regular season when the Jayhawks travel to in-state rival Kansas State, Saturday, November 26. Kickoff against the Wildcats in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown is slated for 11 a.m., with the broadcast designated to FOX Sports 1.