DALLAS (FWAA) Blink and you might have
missed a part of Baylor's epic comeback Saturday. The Bears
rallied from 21 points down in a seven-minute span of the fourth
quarter, and then stole the game on Chris Callahan's 28-yard
field goal on the final play as the No. 5 Bears stayed unbeaten
with a 61-58 win over No. 9 TCU at a frenzied McLane Stadium.
Winning the highest-scoring game between two top-10 ranked teams
in the Associated Press poll's history earned the Bears the
Big Game National Team of the Week honor for
games of the weekend of Oct. 11.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's
"College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and
Bryce Petty threw six touchdown passes, including a 25-yarder
to Corey Coleman with 4:42 left that tied the game at 58. The
Bears (6-0) then held TCU on fourth down at its own 45, and
following a drive to the TCU 11, Callahan hit his fourth field
goal of the game as time expired. Baylor averaged 1:08 off
possession time on its final four scoring drives and finished
the game with 782 yards of total offense.
"I think there were 40 plays that determined who won the
game. We made 21 and they made 19," Baylor coach Art Briles said
after the game. "In my opinion. every win we have is a statement
because if you want to be in that conversation (for the
playoffs) you have to win them all. ... We have been pretty good
the past two years. We have won 22 out of the past 24 football
games. I think that stat itself says it all about the caliber of
our football team. It is a fact business and that is a fact."
This was the 110th meeting between the teams. Baylor now
leads the series, 52-51-7, and has now won 13 straight at home,
tying Auburn for the longest active streak in the Football Bowl
Subdivision. The Bears also boast a 14-3 mark against in-state
opponents over the last four seasons with a seven-game win
Other Big Game National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 11 included:
Georgia (5-1): The Bulldogs' defense
forced five turnovers, including four interceptions, and
handed No. 23 Missouri its first shutout since 2002, 34-0.
Georgia ran out to a 20-0 lead in the first half after
scoring on four of its first five possessions without
suspended running back Todd Gurley.
Massachusetts (1-6): UMass won its
first game in coach Mark Whipple's second tenure with a
40-17 dismantling of Kent State, which snapped a 12-game
losing skid. A 17-point third quarter led the Minutemen
behind Blake Frohnapfel's 286 passing yards with three
touchdowns, and Lorenzo Woodley added 160 yards on the
ground with a touchdown.
Ole Miss (6-0): The Rebels shot out to
a 21-0 lead at No. 14 Texas A&M, and used two defensive
touchdowns to score a runaway 35-20 win. Ole Miss also had
three sacks, and held a Kevin Sumlin-coached Aggies team
scoreless in the first half for the first time. Bo Wallace
threw for a touchdown and ran for two others for Ole Miss.
Mississippi State (6-0): The Bulldogs
beat a top-10 team for a third straight week, toppling No. 2
Auburn, 38-23. Zak Prescott accounted for 367 of MSU's 479
total yards and scored three touchdowns in the win as MSU
vaulted into the top spot in both major polls. MSU is the
first team in the Associated Press' 78-year history to go
from unranked to No. 1 in five weeks.
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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