The Big 12 Conference announced today that Iowa State senior linebacker Joel Lanning and senior quarterback Kyle Kempt were named Big 12 Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Lanning was sensational in Iowa State’s 38-31 upset win over No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday. Playing on both sides of the ball, Lanning totaled 78 snaps (57 on defense, 13 on offense, eight on special teams).
Lanning, a native of Ankeny, Iowa, recorded eight tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery deep inside ISU territory to halt an OU scoring drive.
On offense, Lanning rushed for 35 yards (nine carries) and threw for 25 yards (2-of-3).
He currently ranks sixth nationally in tackles per game at 10.8, recording the most tackles in a game by a Big 12 player this season with 20 vs. Texas.
In his first career start, Kempt was outstanding for the Cyclone offense. He completed 18 of his 24 attempts through the air for 343 yards and three touchdowns. He led four Iowa State touchdown drives that were 70 yards or more, including a 94-yard march.
With his 300-plus yard passing performance, Kempt and Jacob Park become the only two quarterbacks in Iowa State history to throw for 300 yards or more in a game in the same season.
(Story courtesy of ISU)