— Cody Clement earned his first Big 12 Coach of the Year award on Sunday as the Rams took on the Baylor Bears in the league’s annual bowl game.
The award was presented by the College Football Playoff National Committee to Clements, who led the Rams to the conference title game and is the first Big East player to win the award.
The Rams beat Baylor for the first time since 2011 to win their first Big 11 title in franchise history.
Clements is the eighth player to earn the award since the league expanded to 16 teams in 2006.
Clements, a sophomore, had 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.
He completed 67 percent of his passes and had three touchdowns on the ground.
He also rushed for 100 yards and had two catches for 40 yards.
The win also gave the Rams the third-best record in the Big 12 and improved the Rams’ overall record to 6-2.
Clement, who threw for 1,717 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2015, had a career-high seven interceptions.
The Rams were 10-2 in his starts.
Cements career high was seven interceptions in 2013.
The former Nebraska and Texas Tech signal caller had just two interceptions in the 2015 season.
He has three interceptions this season.
The Bears, who beat Iowa State on Sunday to earn a berth in the Cotton Bowl, lost for the sixth time in seven seasons.
The game was one of the most emotional nights in college football history, as fans and players sang “God Bless America,” a song popularized by former President Donald Trump.