The Big 12 Conference announced Monday that Texas Longhorns senior linebacker Gary Johnson was named Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Southern Cal on Saturday night.
It is the second time in his career that Johnson has earned the weekly honor.
A native of Douglas, Ala., Johnson registered 6.0 tackles, 4.0 for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in UT’s 37-14 win over No. 22/21 USC in front of a Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium record crowd of 103,507 fans.
Texas had a total of 10 tackles for loss in its first two games of the year, but double that number and a little more (10.5) against USC.
Johnson’s four tackles for loss were the most in a game by a Longhorn defender since the 2014 season. Since 2010, there have only been six others with at least four TFL in a game.
Johnson and the Longhorns’ defense were stout, holding the Trojans to minus-5 rushing yards on 16 attempts, despite allowing a 23-yard TD rush in the first quarter. After falling behind 14-3 with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the UT defense shut out USC the rest of the game, and Texas scored the final 34 points for the win.
The Longhorns allowed USC minus-5 yards rushing on 16 carries. That total ranks 24th all-time for Texas and is the fewest since it allowed minus-14 yards rushing against Texas Tech in 2014.
The Longhorns remain at home to open up Big 12 play on Saturday afternoon against TCU. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. CDT and be televised on FOX.
Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media