Williams Named Big 12 Player of the Week|
September 21, 1998
DALLAS, Texas - Against some nationally-prominent competition, three student-athletes have been named as Big 12 Conference superlative performers for games of Sept. 19 by a group of media observers.
Texas Tech running back Ricky Williams of Duncanville, Texas, is Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. Kansas State linebacker Jeff Kelly of LaGrange, Texas, is Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week while Big 12 Specialty Player of the Week is Kansas State return man David Allen of Liberty, Mo.
Williams moved into the national rushing lead with an average of 221.7 yards per game after carrying 42 times for 244 net yards rushing and two touchdowns. Williams also had his career-longest run, a 72-yarder, and had a personal high for carries. That topped his 41-rush evening against Texas-El Paso on Sept. 5, and Williams missed his top rushing game (251 yards vs. UTEP) by only seven yards. He leads the nearest rusher, Boston College's Mike Cloud with 184 yards per game, by 37.7 ypg in NCAA standings after three contests.
Allen set Big 12 and K-State records by returning four punts for 172 yards (43.0 avg.), including a 93-yard return for a touchdown. He has now returned punts for touchdowns in three consecutive games. His 93-yard return is the second longest in school history. He became K-State's all-time punt return yardage leader by passing Mitch Running who had 625 yards. Allen now has 796 punt return yards in his career. The touchdown was his fourth career return for a TD, also a K-State record, and his third this season (one in every contest), yet another K-State record. He's already within one of the NCAA record of four in a season. He broke his own Big 12 record for punt return yardage that he set last year with 125 yards against Texas A&M. His 172 yards also passes the former Big Eight and SWC records.
Kelly led the Wildcats' defense with 11 tackles, including two
tackles for loss (minus-8 yards), with two forced fumbles and an
interception that he returned 17 yards for a touchdown. Both fumbles
that he forced led to K-State touchdowns as well. The K-State defense
held Texas to just seven points, and limited All-America running back
Ricky Williams to just 43 yards on 25 carries. Williams was held out of
the end zone for the first time in 11 games. Texas finished the day with
68 yards rushing on 28 attempts while totaling 292 yards in total
offense. Kelly had a hand in three of the four Longhorn turnovers.