Damante Horton picks up Player of the Week accolades
Posted on September 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Washington State senior cornerback Damante Horton has been named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his two-interception performance in Saturday’s win at No. 25 USC, the conference office announced Monday.
Horton (5-10, 175) led a spirited defensive effort by the Cougars in their 10-7 upset win over No. 25/22 USC in Los Angeles. Trailing 7-0 late in the first half, Horton picked off a Cody Kessler pass and raced 70 yards for the touchdown, tying the game at 7-7. It marked Horton’s second career interception return for a touchdown, the first coming at Oregon in 2011. Horton then sealed WSU’s victory by stepping in front of a Max Wittek pass with less than a minute remaining in the game, ending the USC comeback attempt and giving the Cougars their first win over a ranked team since the 2006 season, when they defeated No. No. 16 Oregon, 34-23. It was WSU’s first win over USC since 2002 and first win over the Trojans in Los Angeles since 2000.
Throughout the game Horton led the WSU secondary that held All-American receiver Marquis Lee in check, limiting Lee to seven catches for only 27 yards. Horton ended the game with two interceptions for 75 return yards. He added four tackles, including a career-best two tackles-for-loss for a combined 12 yards.
The Oakland, Calif. native was also named the National Defensive Player of the Week by Athlon Sports and National Defensive Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
It is the first career weekly accolade for Horton and the first for WSU since Andrew Furney earned the special teams weekly honor following last season’s Apple Cup victory.