DALLAS (FWAA) The Ole Miss Rebels
stole the first win over a top-ranked team in their football
history with two late takeaways, and ended a 10-game losing
streak to Alabama with a 23-17 win in front of an overflow
Vaught-Hemingway Stadium crowd. The Rebels are 5-0 for the first
time since 1962, and earned the Big Game National Team
of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 4.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's
"College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Phil
Ole Miss had just tied the game at 17 with 5:29 left when the
Rebels' special teams unit made the game-changing play. On the
ensuing kickoff return, Ole Miss' Channing Ward stripped the
ball free and Kailo Moore recovered at the Alabama 31. Bo
Wallace hit running back Jaylen Walton for 10 yards and the
go-ahead touchdown five plays later. Cornerback Senquez Golson
then clinched the win with an interception in the end zone with
37 seconds left.
"I'm just so proud of our young men," Ole Miss head coach
Hugh Freeze said. "You can't lose a game in 30 or 45 minutes.
You have to play for 60 minutes and that is something we've
preached since we've been here.
These are great life lessons.
Sometimes you're on the other side of it and it stings and
hurts. We've had our share of those. It's a huge win for our
program and our fans. It's been a tremendous day."
Alabama's first touchdown gave it a 7-3 lead, and marked the
first time all season that Ole Miss had trailed.
Other Big Game National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 4 included:
Arizona (5-0): Terris Jones-Grigsby
accounted for a career-high 210 all-purpose yards, including
the game-winning touchdown with 2:54 remaining, as Arizona
beat then-No. 2 Oregon in Eugene, 31-24. The Wildcats'
current six-game win streak is their longest since 1998, and
they have beaten ranked Oregon teams in consecutive seasons.
Arizona has now defeated an AP-top 10-ranked team in 10 of
the last 11 seasons.
TCU (4-0): The No. 25 Horned Frogs
stole their share of attention in the day full of upsets,
knocking off No. 4 Oklahoma, 37-33. The Big 12 opener was
the biggest conference win for TCU since joining the league
three seasons ago TCU was 6-12 in Big 12 games coming into
the season. Quarterback Trevone Boykin racked up a
career-high 395 total yards, including 318 passing yards,
the second-highest total of his career.
Utah (4-1): Andy Phillips hit a
29-yard field goal with 34 seconds left to give the Utes
their first road win over No. 8 UCLA, 30-28. Junior
quarterback Kendal Thompson came off the bench and was
10-of-13 passing for 95 yards and a touchdown and also
rushed for 83 yards. Utah sacked UCLA's Brett Hundley 10
times, the second-highest total in school history.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the first season
The Big Game Football Factory has presented the award. 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.
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