Perine earns another Big 12 honor

Another huge performance by Samaje Perine has him earning another conference honor Monday.

There were a lot of similarities with the way Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine helped carried the Sooners to victory against Texas Tech to the way he did at West Virginia.

He earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Mountaineers and has earned the honor once again Monday for his outing in Lubbock.

Perine rushed for 213 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns to help OU overcome a 14-point second half deficit to win 42-30 against the Red Raiders.

Perine’s final carry puts him at 1,001 rushing yards for the season, the first OU rusher to eclipse that mark since DeMarco Murray in 2010 and first freshman since Adrian Peterson in 2004.

This is OU’s fifth overall weekly honor. Alex Ross has earned the special teams recognition twice, while quarterback Trevor Knight also won the offensive award earlier this season.

Perine wasn’t the only OU player getting recognition Monday morning as junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard was also named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award as well.

Shepard is one of 10 receivers still alive for the coveted award. He has 50 catches for 957 yards despite missing almost all of the last three games. He is one of three Big 12 receivers in hunt.

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