Legg and Woods Garner Big 12 Football Player of the Week Honored
Brock Purdy (offensive) and Will McDonald IV (defensive) of Iowa State, as well as that of West Virginia Casey legg (special teams) and Charles woods (newcomer) joined Devin Neal (newcomer) from Kansas as the Big 12 Football Players of the Week. Purdy has won his seventh career award while the others are first-time winners.
Purdy posted his 13th career 300-yard passing game (307) and completed over 75% of passes (27-33) for the fifth-best time in the country in Iowa State’s 24-21 win over Oklahoma State No. 8. He also threw a pair of touchdown passes and became the ISU’s all-time career leader in passes completed (844). Purdy is now 14-1 against the top 12 home teams in his career, and it was his seventh career start as a starter against a Top 25 team. He is 49 of 58. in his last two games (84.5%) and led the Cyclones to seven comebacks in the fourth quarter of his career.
While lobbying the entire game, McDonald was credited with five tackles in the Cyclones’ victory over OSU. He had back-to-back sacks in a key possession in the fourth quarter to help delay a Cowboys comeback. McDonald’s also had a pass break and two QB rushes. He now has 25.0 sacks, a shy of the school record.
Legg converted three field goals and totaled 11 points in West Virginia’s 29-17 victory at the TCU. His marks were 27, 38 and 49 yards throughout the season, as he now has 13 field goals this season and 20 in his career. Legg has seven multi-goal games in his career, including five this season. He is the first climber to score three baskets in a match since Evan staley at Kansas on Sept. 21, 2019. The 49-yard was WVU’s longest since Legg hit a 51-yard at Kansas State in 2019.
Neal rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns against the No. 2/3 Oklahoma to become the fourth true freshman nationwide to compile those numbers against the Sooners since 2000. It was the Neal’s second 100-yard game of the season. Since taking the start four games ago, he has run 344 yards on 70 carries for an average of 4.91 yards per carry.
Woods recorded his first interception as a mountaineer at 13:58 in the fourth quarter and sent him back 32 yards to set up WVU on the TCU 15-yard line. Three pieces later, Leddie brown scored his third touchdown of the game to give WVU a 12-point lead which was the final margin. Two records later, Sean Mahone forced a fumble and Woods recovered it with 5:15 to go. He also recorded five tackles, including a tackle for a loss at the end of the second quarter on a first play and a goal. Woods then pulled off the life-saving tackle on the 2-yard line on the third down, forcing the Horned Frogs to settle for a field goal before half-time.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Brock Purdy, State of Iowa, QB, Sr.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Will McDonald IV, State of Iowa, DE, Jr.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Casey legg, West Virginia, K, Jr.
The 12 big new arrivals of the week
Devin Neal, Kansas, RB, Fr.
Charles woods, West Virginia, DB, Jr.