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Oklahoma's Zack Sanchez Named Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Week

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The Sooners picked up the Big 12's most significant win of the young season on Saturday when they escaped Knoxville with a 31-24 win over the Tennessee Volunteers in double-overtime. While a lot can be said about the late surge made by Oklahoma's offense, it's no secret that it was the Sooner defense that kept them within striking distance and ultimately provided the game clinching play.

The Sooners held the Vols to just 125 passing yards and 129 on the ground, making the second consecutive outstanding performance for the Oklahoma defense. On Monday cornerback Zack Sanchez was named as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and approached the award with both grace and humility.

The game-clinching interception was the icing on a stellar performance by Sanchez that included six tackles (one for loss) and a quarterback hurry. The interception was the 9th of his career.