DALLAS (FWAA) – The Florida Gators
steamrolled Ole Miss in a battle of Southeastern Conference
unbeatens, taking a 25-0 halftime lead and then securing the
upset with three second-half takeaways to send the Gators to the
top of the SEC East Division with a 38-10 win. The Gators (5-0)
are unbeaten through five games for the first time since 2012
and have earned the AutoNation National Team of the Week
honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 3.
freshman quarterback Will Grier tossed four first-half touchdown
passes to set the tone early and get the sellout crowd of 90,585
at The Swamp into a deafening roar. Grier continued his hot
streak from a week earlier, when he led Florida from 13 points
down in the final 10 minutes for a 28-27 win at Tennessee.
Against Ole Miss, Grier was 24-of-29 passing for 271 yards.
The rest was left to the Gators' defense. Ole Miss came into
the game leading the SEC in scoring (54.8 points per game) and
total offense (543.5 yards per game), but left Florida Field
with only 328 total yards.
"What a great win for the Gators, for our fans and Gator
Nation," head coach Jim McElwain said. "We have players who have
accepted the challenges that we've put forth and are really
invested in themselves and each other, and I think there were a
lot of good things that point to that in this ball game. That
stadium was something special and you know, for a kid from
Montana, man, I just got to tell you that was pretty cool."
No. 3 Ole Miss was the highest-ranked opponent to lose at
Florida Field in 16 years, dating back to a Florida upset over
No. 2 and defending national champion Tennessee in 1999. At 3-0
in SEC play, Florida is the only undefeated team in conference
play in the SEC East.
Other AutoNation National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 3 included:
• Alabama (4-1): The Crimson Tide went
into Athens and dominated No. 8 Georgia, 38-10, in a steady
rain. Quarterback Jake Coker had a rushing touchdown and a
passing touchdown, and the defense and special teams each
contributed a touchdown. Alabama's defense contained
Georgia's two quarterbacks to a combined 11-of-31 passing
day and 3.2 yards per completion.
• Arizona State (3-2): The Sun Devils
held No. 7 UCLA to a season-low 342 total yards and only 62
rushing yards in a 38-23 win at the Rose Bowl. Mike
Bercovici threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another.
Meanwhile, ASU's defense scored two safeties, forced eight
three-and-outs, and held a second consecutive opponent to
less than 100 rushing yards.
• UNLV (2-3): The Rebels snapped a
nine-game road losing streak dating back to 2013 by holding
off a late Nevada rally and winning its annual Battle for
the Fremont Cannon, 23-17, in Reno. One possession after
Nevada had climbed to within 13-10 in the fourth quarter,
UNLV middle linebacker Ryan McAleenan stepped in front of a
pass and returned it 52 yards for a score for provide a
As part of AutoNation’s history of charitable involvement, AutoNation
will donate $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)
in the University of Florida's name. This charitable college
football initiative culminates with the AutoNation Cure Bowl, a
new post-season NCAA football game that kicks off bowl season at
the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., and will be aired by CBS
Sports Network. The aptly named AutoNation Cure Bowl also serves
as a fund raiser for the BCRF, CharityWatch’s only A+ rated breast
cancer organization in the country.
"We want to celebrate the very best of college football,
while also helping to raise awareness for the importance of finding
a cure for cancer," says AutoNation CMO Marc Cannon. "This
season-long partnership with the FWAA, leading up to the AutoNation
Cure Bowl, puts a spotlight on a cause that we’re determined to
"In our 75th season of existence, this a marvelous platform
to get our players and the team of the week series excellent exposure
as well as helping AutoNation in its effort to fight cancer and
contribute to the educational funds of deserving student-athletes,"
said FWAA 2015 President Lee Barfknecht of the Omaha World-Herald. "It
is very exciting to be able to help our organization as well as
others in this splendid effort."
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the first season
AutoNation has presented the award. Members of the FWAA All-America
Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during
the 2015 college football regular season, the FWAA will name a National
Team of the Week. Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide
the weekly honor.
AutoNation is also the presenting sponsor of the FWAA's national
offensive and defensive players of the week announced each
Tuesday, the 2015 FWAA All-America Team and the 75th Anniversary
FWAA All-America Team. The 2015 AutoNation FWAA All-America Team
will be announced at the AutoNation Cure Bowl on Dec. 19.
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the AutoNation Cure Bowl:
The AutoNation Cure Bowl a
new post-season NCAA football game whose net proceeds benefit the
Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The AutoNation Cure Bowl takes
place December 19 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and will be broadcast
by CBS Sports Network. The bowl is scheduled to involve teams from
the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences.
About the Football Writers Association of America:
Founded in 1941, the FWAA consists of 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 game-day
operations, major awards and its annual All-America team. For more
information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
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