Oct. 18, 2010
IRVING, Texas - Baylor senior safety Byron Landor has been named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as selected by a panel of media and announced by the conference office Monday.
Landor forced two turnovers and tallied seven tackles, five of which were solo stops, in Baylor's 31-25 win at Colorado. With their fifth win of the season, the Bears moved to within one game of becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 1995.
With Colorado moving downfield on the opening drive of the game, Landor grabbed a Tyler Hansen pass out of the air at the Baylor 22-yard line for the first interception of his career. Landor returned the pick 32 yards into Colorado territory.
In the third quarter, Colorado running back Will Jefferson broke free and went 23 yards before Landor stripped the ball just shy of the goal-line. Had Jefferson scored, the Buffaloes would've taken a two possession lead. Instead, Baylor's Antonio Johnson recovered the fumble in the end zone, and the Bears marched 80 yards down the field for a touchdown that put Baylor on top for good.
Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) earned Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Justin Tucker (Texas) was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.
Landor's award marks the 20th time a Baylor player has earned a weekly award from the conference office. The Lake Charles, La. Native is the first Bear to be awarded Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week since Joe Pawelek was honored after a season-opening win at Wake Forest in 2009. Landor is also the first Baylor safety to win the defensive weekly award since Jordan Lake in 2007.
Baylor (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) returns to action at 2:30 p.m CDT. Saturday when the Bears host Kansas State (5-1, 2-1 Big 12) in Baylor's 78th Homecoming Game. For tickets, call the Baylor Athletics Ticket Office at 254-710-1000 or visit www.BaylorBears.com.