Texas Tech junior running back Desmond Nisby was named the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday, marking the fourth-consecutive week a Red Raider has won a conference weekly award.
Nisby follows in the shoes of teammates Ja’Deion High (Special Teams on Sept. 18), Dakota Allen (Defensive on Sept. 25) and DaMarcus Fields (Newcomer on Oct. 2) as Red Raiders who have been selected for a conference weekly award this season by a media panel that regularly covers the league.
Dating back to the league’s creation prior to the 1996 season, Tech had not previously garnered a Big 12 weekly award over four-consecutive weeks during the conference’s history. In addition, this is the first time since 2009 where four different Red Raiders have been honored in the same season.
Nisby was dominant last Saturday in Tech’s 65-19 rout over Kansas, rushing for a career-high 93 yards to go along with four touchdowns on the ground. Nisby found the endzone three times in the first half alone, marking the first time a Red Raider had rushed for three touchdowns in a half since Baron Batch did so in the 2009 meeting against Kansas.
Nisby’s four rushing touchdowns overall, meanwhile, were the most for a Red Raider in a game since DeAndre Washington put together a similar performance against TCU in 2015. Nisby is the only Big 12 player to record four or more touchdowns in a game so far this season.
With his four touchdowns against the Jayhawks, Nisby has now found the endzone six times over the last three games. He leads the Red Raiders with six total touchdowns this year entering Saturday’s clash at West Virginia.
Nisby’s first touchdown of the afternoon came on a 47-yard streak up the middle that gave Tech an early 14-0 lead. It was the longest run of the season for Nisby, who also carried for 8, 1 and 15 yard touchdown runs in the victory.
Nisby’s 93 yards were part of a big day on the ground for the Red Raiders as Tech rushed for 313 yards as a team, its most in a game since facing New Mexico in 2012. Justin Stockton led Tech with a career-high 161 yards and a touchdown while Tre King and Demarcus Felton added 40 and 31 rushing yards, respectively.
The victory over Kansas propelled Tech to 4-1 this season and 1-1 in Big 12 play, earning the 24th-ranked Red Raiders their first appearance in the Associated Press top-25 poll since 2013. Tech is off to a 4-1 start to its season for the first time since that 2013 season.