Zach Patt became the first member of the Rice Football team to pick up a weekly honor from Conference USA in 2014 when he was named the Defensive Player of the Week in recognition of his record-setting afternoon at FIU on Saturday.
Patt was credited with a school-record five sacks against the Panthers as well as forcing three fumbles in the Owls' 31-17 victory, which extended the Owls current winning streak to five games. He became the first player at the FBS level to record five sacks in a game since 2012 and his total was the second-best total in conference history.
He collected the first of his record haul on the game's first possession, stripping the ball from FIU's Alex Mcgough on the third play of the game. Brian Nordstrom recovered and on the Owls' first play from scrimmage, Jowan Davis rumbled in from 19 yards out to give the Owls a lead they would never relinquish.
Patt's outburst raised his season sack total to 6.5, which moved him into a tie for 10th on the Owls single-season chart with Scott Solomon, who picked up 6.5 in 2009. In two games since his recovery from a leg fracture suffered against Texas A&M, Patt has eight tackles, seven for loss (including 5.5 sacks).
In addition to his recognition from Conference USA, Patt received a helmet sticker from Lou Holtz on ESPN's College Football Final and he was named the national defensive player of the week by both College Sports Madness and the College Football Performance Awards.