Football Writers Association of America Nov. 10, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Richardson
Senior linebacker makes key plays in upset of top-ranked Clemson
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DALLAS (FWAA) Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah had nine tackles, two tackles for losses, a half-sack and a scoop-and-score as No. 4 Notre Dame stopped No. 1 Clemson's 36-game regular-season win streak with a dramatic 47-40 overtime win. His fumble return, plus a forced fumble on the next possession that led to an Irish field goal, earned him the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games in the weekend of Nov. 7, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.


This is the sixth time for a Notre Dame player to earn this weekly honor and the first time since 2018. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (2012) is the only Irish player to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Shane Walton, a cornerback, was an Irish finalist in 2002.

Owusu-Koramoah, a 6-2, 215-pound senior from Hampton, Va., came up with three of the highlight plays in the game. In the second quarter, he returned a Clemson fumble 23 yards for the first touchdown of his career. It was the Fighting Irish's first defensive score of the season and gave them a 10-point lead. Three plays later on Clemson's ensuing possession, Owusu-Koramoah forced another fumble recovered by Notre Dame cornerback Nick McCloud, which led to an Irish field goal and their biggest lead of the night at 23-10.

Notre Dame held its 47-40 lead with the spotlight on its defense going into Clemson's second overtime possession. Owusu-Koramoah had a second-down sack and another on the next play by Daelin Hayes to push the Tigers back to a fourth-and-24, two plays that essentially clinched the win.

Owusu-Koramoah's nine tackles tied for the team lead against Clemson and he is now second on the team with 35 total tackles, 24 of them solos, to go with 1.5 sacks, the fumble recovery, two quarterback hurries and an interception. The two TFL's against Clemson pushed Owusu-Koramoah into a tie for 18th nationally with 8.5 tackles for loss and just short of the top 10, which all have 10.0 or more.

Owusu-Koramoah was the last Irish player to have three sacks in a game, doing so against Iowa State in last year's Camping World Bowl. The last Irish player to have 4.0 sacks in a game was defensive tackle Jerry Tillery against Stanford in 2018, a big game that earned him the Nagurski Player of the Week Award that week and become the last Irish player to win it.

The win was Notre Dame's 23rd in a row at home the nation's second-longest streak and the ninth in program history over an AP-No. 1 team. The Irish travel to Boston College for a 3:30 p.m. ET game Saturday on ABC.

Each Tuesday during the regular season, the FWAA has selected a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week since 2001. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce three finalists for the 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Dec. 9. The national defensive player of the year will announced on Dec. 22 and chosen from those finalists who are part of the 2020 FWAA All-America Team.

The FWAA has chosen a National Defensive Player of the Year since 1993. In 1995, the FWAA named the award in honor of the legendary two-way player from the University of Minnesota. Nagurski dominated college football then became a star for professional football's Chicago Bears in the 1930s. Bronislaw "Bronko" Nagurski is a charter member of both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

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2020 Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Players of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 5: Isaiah Kaufusi, LB, BYU
Weekend of Sept. 12: Curtis Ryans, DE, Georgia Tech
Weekend of Sept. 19: Tavante Beckett, LB, Marshall
Weekend of Sept. 26: Jahron McPherson, S, Kansas State
Weekend of Oct. 3: Bumper Pool, LB, Arkansas
Weekend of Oct. 10: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
Weekend of Oct. 17: Grant Morgan, LB, Arkansas
Weekend of Oct. 24: Nick Andersen, S, Wake Forest
Weekend of Oct. 31: Joseph Ossai, DE/LB, Texas
Weekend of Nov. 7: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Weekend of Nov. 14: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Weekend of Nov. 21: Blake Gallagher, LB, Northwestern
Weekend of Nov. 28: Nate Landman, LB, Colorado

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