DALLAS (FWAA) – Kansas State defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah tied a school record with four sacks as part of eight total tackles to go with two forced fumbles as Kansas State (5-3) blasted TCU, 31-12, last Saturday. For the dominant performance that tied a 21-year-old school record, Anudike-Uzomah earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 30, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
This is the fifth time for a Kansas State player to earn this weekly honor and first since last season when safety Jahron McPherson was the pick for the weekend of Sept. 26. Anudike-Uzomah will be added to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list.
The 6-3, 255-pound sophomore from Lee’s Summit, Mo., posted sacks on three consecutive plays at one point, finishing the first half with sacks on consecutive plays and then scoring one on TCU’s first snap of the third quarter. The 4.0 sacks tie Chris Johnson’s single-game school record posted against Missouri in 2000.
Anudike-Uzomah was close to tying the all-time FBS single-game record for sacks. His two forced fumbles came on potential sacks that caused the ball to be recovered beyond the original line of scrimmage, thus officially making them rushes instead of sacks by NCAA rule. If the ball had been recovered on the TCU side of the line – regardless of who recovered – those two would have been counted as sacks to give him six on the day to tie a FBS record and break the Big 12 mark.
Anudike-Uzomah is second in the FBS in sacks (10) and forced fumbles (4) and leads the Big 12 in both categories. He is just 1.5 sacks shy of tying the school single-season record with at least four games remaining, and is 13th nationally in tackles for loss (11.5), also tops in the Big 12.
The Wildcats travel to Kansas for the 119th annual Sunshine Showdown at 11 a.m. CT Saturday on FS1.
The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football then became a star for professional football’s Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw “Bronko” Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.
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