K-State's Archer Wins Big 12 Honor

MANHATTAN, Kan. Senior linebacker Brandon Archer made several big plays on defense during Kansas State’s 31-10 victory over Iowa State on Saturday, including collecting 10 total tackles and pouncing on a fumble at the Wildcats’ 3-yard line with 14 seconds to play in the first half to snuff out a potential Cyclone touchdown drive.

But it was his hustle on special teams that earned him honors from the Big 12 Conference Monday, as Archer was selected as the league’s special teams player of the week for games of Oct. 28 in voting by a select panel of media that cover the conference, Big 12 officials announced.

Trailing 10-3 late in the second quarter, the senior from St. Paul, Minn., almost single-handedly got Kansas State back in the game, recovering a muffed punt at the Cyclones’ 15-yard line to set up a game-tying touchdown.

On the play, Archer out-hustled a host of Cyclones after a Tim Reyer punt was touched by Iowa State at the 32-yard line and recovered the loose ball at the Cyclones’ 15-yard line just before it bounded out of play.

Five plays later, Josh Freeman connected with John McCardle from two yards out to tie the game at 10 and the Wildcats never trailed again.

The recovery marked the fourth time this season that Kansas State’s special teams unit has forced a turnover. Nationally, only Louisiana Tech with five has collected more turnovers on special teams this season than Kansas State.

Archer is the third Wildcat to earn conference player-of-the-week honors this season. Ian Campbell was tapped as the Big 12’s defensive player of the week for his efforts in K-State’s season-opening victory over Illinois State, while Leon Patton picked up the league’s weekly special teams award after returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the Cats’ victory over Oklahoma State.