Senior safety Matt O'Hanlon is Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week.
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O'Hanlon Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

By NU Athletic Communications

Senior safety Matt O'Hanlon has earned recognition as Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Week, following his outstanding performance in Nebraska's 10-3 victory over No. 20 Oklahoma on Saturday night.

A native of Bellevue, Neb., O'Hanlon tied the school record with three interceptions, made 12 tackles and tallied one pass break-up. In the process, he became just the fourth Husker to intercept three passes in a game. His first pick set up Nebraska's field goal that gave the Huskers a 10-3 third quarter lead, while the final interception sealed the victory on Oklahoma's last drive.

O'Hanlon has 48 tackles this season and leads the team with four interceptions. His performance against the Sooners also helped the senior receive a "helmet sticker" from ESPN's College Football Final.

O'Hanlon's honor marks the third Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week award for Nebraska in the past month, joining Ndamukong Suh (Oct. 12) and Jared Crick (Nov. 2).


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