Wyoming defender Alijah Halliburton, right, runs a fumble recovery for a touchdown past Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Laramie, Wy. Halliburton, an Overland High School grad, was named Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week. (AP Photo/Michael Smith)

LARAMIE, Wyo. | Wyoming senior strong safety Alijah Halliburton has been named the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week.

It is the first league defensive Player of the week award for Halliburton, a graduate of Aurora’s Overland High School.

Halliburton led Wyoming in tackles with an amazing 17 total tackles versus Missouri on way to a 37-31 home victory over the SEC member school. Among his 17 total tackles were 13 solo stops.

Halliburton also 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.

It was one of three Missouri turnovers forced by the Wyoming defense.