HOUSTON -- Two days after helping lead Houston to a decisive 28-24 win at No. 17 USF, sophomore quarterback D’Eriq King has been named The American Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Monday’s honor comes after King rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 137 yards and one score. King’s two rushing touchdowns came in the final 6:20 of the game including a game-winning 20-yard run with 11 seconds remaining in the game.
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King, who has spent the majority of the season at wide receiver, entered the game at quarterback on the game’s third drive and completed 12-of-20 pass attempts while rushing 20 times.
His 83 rushing yards were part of a 255 total rushing yards by Houston against the nation’s No. 9 rushing defense entering the game. The Bulls were allowing an average of only 94.4 yards per game prior to Saturday’s contest. King was protective of the ball as well, not throwing an interception to the nation’s leading team in interceptions.
In addition to King’s honor, linebacker D’Juan Hines was named to The American’s Honor Roll after totaling a game-high 13 tackles and helping lead a Houston defense that snapped USF’s NCAA record streak of 24 straight games of 30+ points, holding the Bulls to 24 points, 17.6 points below its season scoring average of 41.6 points per game which ranked No. 9 nationally entering Saturday.
King is the fourth member of the Houston program to receive a weekly honor and the first to do so on the offensive side of the ball. Ed Oliver (Sept. 11) and Terrell Williams (Oct. 9) have earned defensive honors while Dane Roy (Sept. 18) has earned special teams honors.