Ruud named defensive player of the week

Nebraska junior linebacker Bo Ruud has been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his standout effort against Missouri on Saturday.

Ruud played a key role in a strong defensive effort that helped the Huskers to a 34-20 victory that put Nebraska atop the Big 12 North standings. The Lincoln Southeast graduate finished the day with seven total tackles, including five solo stops and a 13-yard sack of Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel in the fourth quarter.

The 6-3, 235-pound Ruud also accounted for two of the three takeaways for the Blackshirt defense. In the second quarter, he intercepted a Daniel pass and returned it 40 yards to the Tiger 17-yard line. A play later, Zac Taylor connected with Hunter Teafatiller for a touchdown pass to give Nebraska a 24-3 advantage.

Ruud sealed the Husker victory in the fourth quarter by forcing and recovering a Daniel fumble, ending the Tigers' final possession of the game. The forced fumble was Ruud's team-leading third of the season.

The award marks the second time in his career Ruud was been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. He also received the honor after a 25-7 victory over Maine in 2005, when Ruud returned an interception for a touchdown.

Ruud is the second Husker this season to earn Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honors. Sophomore I-back Marlon Lucky won the offensive award following his performance against Troy.

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