Verone McKinley III and Penei Sewell had great nights in Oregon’s 45-3 rout of Colorado on Saturday. Now both are being recognized, with McKinley being named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Sewell earning Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week honors:
DEFENSE: Verone McKinley III, R-Fr., S, Oregon (Carrollton, Texas)
• Became just the second FBS freshman with two interceptions in a game to help Oregon hold its fifth consecutive opponent to single-digit points en route 45-3 win over Colorado.
• It marks the first time since 1958 that the Ducks have held five straight opponents under 10 points.
• Added a career-high five tackles, including four in the first half, and also tipped another pass that resulted in another Oregon INT.
• First career interception came on third down in the red zone as was the start of three empty chances in the red zone for Colorado.
• Returned second INT 53 yards and it resulted in a TD on the next play and a 38-3 lead.
• Oregon limited its fifth consecutive opponent to under 300 total yards and third straight with less than 200 passing yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE: Penei Sewell, So., OL, Oregon (St. George, Utah)
• Highest graded offensive lineman in the Pac-12 with a grade of 92.7 over 65 snaps at left tackle in Oregon’s 45-3 win over Colorado.
• Only offensive lineman nationally in week 7 to finishing with a pass blocking (90.2) and run blocking grade (94.1) both over 90 by PFF.
• Led the team with six knockdowns.
• Paved the way for Oregon to became the third Pac-12 team this season in conference play to rush and pass for over 250 yards (rushed for season-high 252 yards). Oregon rushed for 170 yards on 19 carries behind the left side of the line.
• Didn’t allow a pressure, hurry or hit on QB Justin Herbert for the fourth time this season.