DALLAS (FWAA) The Navy Midshipmen
ran all over Memphis with their triple-option ground game, rushing
for 374 yards in a 45-20 road win that upped their record to 7-1
for the first time since 2004. For ending the previously-unbeaten
Tigers' win streak at 15 games and beating a top-15 team for the
first time since 1984, the Midshipmen earned the AutoNation
National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend
of Nov. 7.
Swain ran for 108 yards and three touchdowns to pace the ground
attack against a Memphis defense giving up only 118.8 rushing yards
per game to that point. But the Navy defense earned equal credit
in the win, holding a Memphis offense to a season-low scoring output.
"They run a lot better and are a lot more athletic than
anyone gives them credit for," Memphis coach Justin Fuente
said. "They kicked our tail. ... They are a nightmare."
Navy has lost only twice in its last 15 games, both of them to
nationally-ranked Notre Dame. The last time Navy beat a top-15 team
was Nov. 17, 1984, against then-No. 2 South Carolina, and the win
at Memphis was the first road win over a top-15 team since Sept.
21, 1974, against then-No. 8 Penn State. The Midshipmen will look
to go 8-1 for the first time since 1963 this Saturday when they
Other AutoNation National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Nov. 7 included:
Alabama (9-1): The Crimson Tide rolled
over LSU, 30-16, as running back Derrick Henry ran for 210 yards
and three touchdowns. Henry outshined LSU's Leonard Fournette
with the help of the Alabama defense that held the nation's
leading rusher to a paltry 31 yards on 19 carries. Henry rushed
38 times the third-most carries by one player in a game in
Alabamas history and scored two third-quarter touchdowns
that put Alabama in control with a 27-10 lead.
Nebraska (4-6): The Cornhuskers scored
two touchdowns in the final 1:47 to rally from a 12-point deficit
and post a 39-38 win over unbeaten Michigan State, matching
the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history in front
of their 346th consecutive home sellout crowd. Quarterback Tommy
Armstrong returned from a one-week absence due to injury to
throw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and added two more scores
on the ground.
Oklahoma State (9-0): The Cowboys
crushed unbeaten TCU, 49-29, as Mason Rudolph passed for 352
yards and five touchdowns. James Washington torched the Horned
Frogs' defense with five catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma State's defense intercepted TCU's Trevone Boykin four
times as the Cowboys improved to 9-0 for just the third time
in school history.
As part of AutoNations history of charitable involvement, AutoNation
will donate $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)
in the U.S. Naval Academy'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 tackle."
"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
Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.