Football Writers Association of America Nov. 10, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Buckeyes blow past Michigan State
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DALLAS (FWAA) – J.T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) handed Michigan State its first conference loss since 2012, winning in East Lansing, 49-37, to earn the Big Game National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 8.

The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.

Barrett went 16-of-26 for 300 yards and led the Buckeyes for 568 total yards. Ohio State’s first drive of the game ended in a missed field goal and penalties wiped out another early drive. Other than that pair, the Buckeyes scored touchdowns every time they had the ball until punting in the final minute.

Michigan State led 21-14 before two long touchdown passes put Ohio State ahead for good, the second a 44-yarder from Barrett to Devin Smith for a 28-21 Ohio State lead with 56 seconds left in the half.

"This is one for the ages," said Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer after the game. "That's how much respect we had for our opponent going into it. We played a top-10 team and really played our best on the road."

Other Big Game National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Nov. 8:

Arizona State (8-1): The Sun Devils rolled past Notre Dame, 55-31, in scoring the most points allowed by the Fighting Irish since 1985. It was ASU’s first win over a top-10 opponent since 2002. The Sun Devils intercepted four passes, forced two fumbles and recorded seven sacks on the afternoon.

Baylor (8-1): Corey Coleman set career highs of 15 catches and 224 yards as the Bears hammered Oklahoma, 48-14. Bryce Petty completed 32-of-42 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown. It was Baylor’s first win in Norman, and its first road win against a ranked opponent in coach Art Briles' tenure. Baylor has now won three of the past four meetings against Oklahoma after losing the first 20.

TCU (8-1): Trevone Boykin ran for three touchdowns and threw for 219 yards and another score as the Horned Frogs moved atop the Big 12 with a 41-20 win over Kansas State. Boykin’s 123 rushing yards were a career high. Aaron Green, filling in for an injured B.J. Catalon, ran 18 times for 171 yards and a touchdown for the Frogs.

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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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 at or 214-870-6516.

2014 Big Game National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Aug. 30: Texas A&M Aggies
Weekend of Sept. 6: Virginia Tech Hokies
Weekend of Sept. 13: Boston College Eagles
Weekend of Sept. 20: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Weekend of Sept. 27: Yale Bulldogs
Weekend of Oct. 4: Ole Miss Rebels
Weekend of Oct. 11: Baylor Bears
Weekend of Oct. 18: West Virginia Mountaineers
Weekend of Oct. 25: LSU Tigers
Weekend of Nov. 1: Florida Gators
Weekend of Nov. 8: Ohio State Buckeyes
Weekend of Nov. 15: Oregon State Beavers
Weekend of Nov. 22: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Weekend of Nov. 29: UAB Blazers

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Tommy Hicks Mobile Press Register Sun Belt
Joey Johnston Tampa Tribune American
Marc Morehouse Cedar Rapids Gazette Big Ten
Phil Steele Phil Steele Publications National
John Wagner Toledo Blade Mid-American
Jon Wilner San Jose Mercury News Pac-12