DALLAS (FWAA) The Minnesota Golden
Gophers kept their Big Ten West Division title hopes
alive with a gutsy 28-24 win at Nebraska, winning in Lincoln for
the first time and ending a 20-game road losing streak against
Top 25 opponents that dated back to 2000. The first win at
Nebraska in eight tries earned Minnesota the Big Game National
Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 22.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted by
The Gophers (8-3) rallied from 14 points down at the half and 10 in the third
quarter to mark their biggest comeback in a win since 2003. Mitch Leidner led
two long scoring drives to give Minnesota the lead. But Nebraska responded with
its own long drive, until cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun preserved the lead
when he stripped the ball at the goal line. Minnesota recovered with 1:19 left
and ran out the clock.
"In little league, my coach taught me the play isn't over until the ref blows
the whistle. That's been something that's been grinded in to me since I was
younger," Boddy-Calhoun said. "I am always chasing the ball, I am always trying
to go and fight for the ball until the ref blows his whistle."
Minnesota, 5-2 in Big Ten play, is assured of its best
conference record since 2003 and can win the West Division with
a victory at Wisconsin this week.
Other Big Game National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Nov. 22:
Arkansas (6-5): The Razorbacks beat a
ranked opponent in consecutive weeks for the first time,
blasting Ole Miss, 30-0, one week after halting LSU, 17-0.
Three interceptions highlighted Arkansas' pesky defense
among six takeaways. According to Arkansas' post-game notes,
it was the first time an unranked team has ever shut out two
ranked opponents in back-to-back games, and marked the first
time an unranked team has shut out multiple ranked opponents
in the same season since North Carolina Pre-Flight in 1942.
UCLA (9-2): Brett Hundley threw for
326 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another to guide
the Bruins to a third consecutive win over cross-town rival
USC, 38-20, at the Rose Bowl. Hundley became UCLA's first
quarterback since Cade McNown (1995-98) to win three
straight over USC on the same day he became UCLA's all-time
total offense leader with 11,353 yards. The Bruins can
advance to the Pac-12 Championship Game with a win at
Stanford on Friday.
Virginia (5-6): Darius Jennings and
Khalek Shepherd ran for touchdowns and Ian Frye kicked three
field goals as the Cavaliers ended a four-game losing streak
with a dominating 30-13 win over Miami. The Cavaliers
limited the Hurricanes to a season-low 64 rushing yards.
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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