Jeffers, Pearson recognized with the big 12 weekly awards

LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech’s second-half dominance against Houston was rewarded this Monday Riko Jeffers was tabbed the Great Defensive Player of the Week while he was Reggie Pearson Jr. he was recognized as the main newcomer.

This is the first weekly conference award for Jeffers or Pearson, as Texas Tech had two recognized defensive student-athletes in the same week for the first time in program history. The Big 12 began presenting a weekly award to the league’s top newcomer before the 2017 season.

Jeffers and Pearson recorded key interceptions in Texas Tech’s victory over the Cougars, as the Red Raiders got four wins, the highest in a game since they added five in early 2008 against SMU. It was the first professional interception of either of the two Red Raiders.

Pearson jumped to make a catch back to steal an interception from Houston quarterback Clayton Tune in the first half, one of several key plays of the night for the Wisconsin move. Pearson, who debuted with the Red Raider, also forced a fight and scored eight bouts to victory.

Meanwhile, Jeffers tied the game in the middle of the third quarter after passing in front of a Tune pass and returning it 13 yards for a touchdown. It was the first pick-six of a Red Raider from his teammate Adrian Frye went 48 yards to get a score early in the 2018 season against Lamar. Jeffers also had four bouts in the win, including one of four Texas Tech sacks and his 11.0 tackles per loss.

The pick-six could not have come at a better time for the Red Raiders, who cleared a 14-point deficit at halftime with a Tyler Shough eight-yard touchdown run followed by Jeffers ’interception just 48 seconds later. The Red Raiders scored 31 unanswered points against the Cougars, scoring the second time in the last four games that Texas Tech fought from a 14-point hole to win.

As a unit, the Red Raiders held on to Houston with just 251 yards of total offense, marking the second consecutive game Texas Tech had held to an opponent under 300 yards going back to the 2020 final against Kansas. Houston only accumulated 53 total offensive yards in the second half, as the Red Raiders nullified the Cougars in the final 30 minutes, their first shutout in the second half since they overcame Oklahoma State. at the opening of the Big 12 of 2018.

The Red Raiders will try to win against Houston this weekend when Texas Tech opens their roster against Stephen F. Austin. The Jones AT&T Stadium launch is scheduled for 6 p.m. with coverage via Big 12 Now on ESPN + and the Texas Tech Sports Network.

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