DALLAS (FWAA) – The Boston College
Eagles dominated No. 9 USC with a ground attack,
pounding out 452 rushing yards in a 37-31 win before a packed
Alumni Stadium. The Eagles' comeback from an early 17-6 deficit
earned them the Football Writers Association of America
National Team of the Week honor for games of the
weekend of Sept. 13.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's
"College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Houston Nutt.
Quarterback Tyler Murphy ran for a career-high 191 yards on
only 13 carries, the last of which went 66 yards into the end
zone to put the Eagles ahead, 37-24, with 3:30 left. BC rolled
up 506 total yards, the second time it’s gone over the 500-yard
mark this season. The Eagles (2-1) also held the Trojans to just
20 rushing yards only a week after giving up 303 to Pittsburgh.
"We sacked them. We harassed them. We played relentlessly on
defense,” Boston College head coach Steve Addazio said after the
game. "That’s a good football team. This is the first win over a
top-10 opponent in 10 years. We played hard. Anybody who was at
the game would say that this team just wouldn’t back down. We
just kept coming and kept playing. I’m most proud of that."
The win snapped a 12-game losing streak against ranked teams
dating back to 2008. The last time BC beat a top-10 team was at
No. 4 Notre Dame, 14-7, in 2002.
Other FWAA National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Sept. 13 included:
• East Carolina (2-1): Shane Carden’s
one-yard run with 16 seconds left in regulation sealed the
Pirates’ 28-21 road win over No. 17 Virginia Tech. ECU led
21-0 in the first quarter, but saw Virginia Tech rally to
tie the game with 1:20 to play. Carden then led a
three-play, 65-yard drive for the winning score and the
Pirates’ first win at Virginia Tech since 1991.
• Iowa State (1-2): The Cyclones earned
their first win of the season, 20-17, at rival Iowa when
Cole Netten nailed a 42-yard field goal with two seconds
left. Netten, who hit a career-long 47-yarder earlier in the
game, missed his first shot at the game-winner but got
another chance when Iowa called timeout just before the
snap. It was Iowa State's second straight win at Iowa.
• Virginia (2-1): The Cavaliers ended an
11-gaame Atlantic Coast Conference losing streak with a
dramatic 23-21 upset over No. 21 Louisville. After giving up
a 20-7 lead as the fourth quarter began, Virginia took
advantage of Louisville's fumbled punt and kicked a
game-winning 42-yard field goal with 3:42 left. It was
Virginia's first win over a ranked team since a 14-13 win at
Florida State in 2011.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the FWAA All-America
Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during
the 2014 college football regular season, the FWAA will name a National
Team of the Week.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,400 men and women who cover college football.
The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas
that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For
more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
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