Oct. 21, 2012
Texas Longhorns sophomore running back Joe Bergeron has been named Honorable Mention Running Back of the Week, and senior defensive end Alex Okafor has been named Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman of the Week, the College Football Performance Awards announced on Sunday.
Bergeron set a new career high with five rushing touchdowns on Saturday night against Baylor and now has 14 on the season. His previous high was four versus West Virginia on October 6. Against the Bears, Bergeron posted his fourth career 100-yard rushing game averaging 6.2 yards per carry (117 yards on 19 attempts).
Bergeron is the fourth player in school history to post four or more rushing touchdowns in multiple games (also Ricky Williams, 5; Cedric Benson, 2; Vince Young, 2), and the third to post five or more in one game. Williams had a school-record (6) twice during the 1998 season (vs. Rice and New Mexico State), and Benson ran for five touchdowns against Oklahoma State in 2004.
On the season, Bergeron leads all Longhorn running backs with 418 yards on 92 carries and 14 touchdowns.
Okafor posted eight tackles (5 solo) including 2.5 for a loss. It marked his ninth career game with two or more tackles for loss. Okafor's 1.5 sacks on Saturday increased his season total to 7.5 to eclipse his 7.0 sacks recorded last season.
On the season Okafor has tallied 32 tackles (17 solo), 7.5 sacks, 10 TFL, 13 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, one blocked kick, one pass defensed and one pass break up.