IRVING, Texas - Tulsa defensive back DeAundre Brown was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week yesterday. The sophomore had a career-high 18 tackles against No. 5 Boise State on Wednesday. The Offensive Player of the Week honor went to Houston QB Case Keenum, while East Carolina's Dwayne Harris received the special teams accolade.
Brown had a career-high 18 tackles in a 28-21 loss against No. 5 Boise State on Oct. 14. He tallied nine solo stops and nine assisted tackles. Brown also had a fumble recovery that led to Tulsa's first touchdown. This is the first Defensive Player of the Week honor for the top tackler on a Golden Hurricane squad that leads C-USA in total defense and scoring defense.
Keenum passed for over 300 yards for the 19th time in his career, leading then-No. 23 Houston to a 44-16 win at Tulane. Keenum completed 33-of-46 passes for 371 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. After holding a 9-6 halftime lead, Keenum led Houston to 35 second-half points to give the 5-1 Cougars their best start since opening 5-1 in 2003.
For the second time in as many games, Harris returned a kickoff for a touchdown to spark East Carolina's special teams play. After bringing one back 77 yards vs. SMU Oct. 10, he returned a Rice kickoff 92 yards for a score Saturday. The return ranked as the 10th longest in ECU history and was the longest since Chris Johnson had a pair of 96-yarders in 2006 and 2007.