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Wyoming's Alijah Halliburton name MWC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted: 8:22 PM, Sep 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-02 22:22:35-04
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(Editor's note: UW Athletics release)

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming senior strong safety Alijah Halliburton earned his first Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honor on Monday after his outstanding performance in Wyoming’s 37-31 season-opening win over the Missouri Tigers.

Halliburton led Wyoming in tackles with 17 tackles on way to a 37-31 home win over Missouri of the SEC. He also tallied 13 solo stops and added one tackle for loss (four yards).

Halliburton recovered a fumble and returned it 79 yards to set up a Wyoming field goal as the first half ended, giving Wyoming a 27-17 halftime lead.

Of his 17 tackles from his strong safety position, seven of those tackles held Missouri players to 5 yards or less, including tackles for: -4 yards, 0 yards, 0 yards, 0 yards, 2 yards, 3 yards, 5 yards

Halliburton led a Wyoming defense that forced three Missouri turnovers, sacked the Missouri quarterback 2.0 times for -9 yards and had 5.0 tackles for losses for 20 yards.

The Cowboys will play their first road game of the 2019 season this coming Saturday in San Marcos, Texas, versus the Texas State Bobcats. That game is scheduled to kick off at 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time and will be televised on ESPN+