MANHATTAN — Kansas State senior defensive back Allen Chapman and sophomore kick returner Tyler Lockett have been named the Big 12 Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for their performances in the Wildcats’ 44-30 win over Oklahoma State, the conference office announced Monday.
Both players recorded non-offensive touchdowns as Chapman returned an interception 29 yards for a score late in the first half, while Lockett returned a kickoff 100 yards to give K-State a 24-10 lead with 7:35 left in the second quarter. The two scores represented Kansas State’s 86th and 87th non-offensive touchdowns since 1999 — which leads the nation — while the Wildcats are now 16-0 under head coach Bill Snyder when scoring on both defense and special teams.
Chapman, who was also named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, intercepted three Oklahoma State passes as part of a five-turnover night for the Wildcat defense. The San Francisco, Calif., product tallied the second-most interceptions in a game in school history and the most by a Wildcat since Chris Canty’s three picks against Akron in 1995.
One of six players this year with a nation-leading three interceptions in a game, Chapman’s first interception went for a 29-yard return for a touchdown, while he ended a Cowboys drive in K-State territory at the end of the first half and in the end zone with 2:06 left in the game and the Wildcats holding their 14-point lead.
Lockett carded the fourth kickoff-return touchdown of his career and his second of 100 yards. The Tulsa, Okla., native is now tied for second in school and Big 12 history in kickoff-return scores, just one shy of Brandon Banks’ five from 2009-08. It was the fourth 100-yard kickoff return touchdown in school history, while the return was a part of a 202 all-purpose-yardage night for Lockett as he added 27 yards on another kickoff return and 75 receiving yards on five catches.
K-State (9-0, 5-0 Big 12), ranked No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll and No.3 by The Associated Press, will travel to take on TCU (6-3, 3-3) Saturday at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The game, which kicks off at 6 p.m., will be televised nationally by FOX, while fans can hear the game on the K-State Sports Network.