DALLAS (FWAA) The top-ranked
Clemson Tigers concluded the nation's only unbeaten
regular season with a 45-37 win over North Carolina in the
Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game in Charlotte. Their
16th straight win earned them a 15th ACC title and the
AutoNation National Team of the Week honor for games of
the weekend of Dec. 5.
Deshaun Watson was named the Most Valuable Player after gaining
420 yards of total offense, an ACC Championship Game record. He
accounted for five touchdowns, three through the air and two on
the ground. Wayne Gallman rushed for 187 yards, putting him just
13 yards shy of the single-season rushing record of 1,345 set by
Raymond Priester in 1996.
On the evening, the Tigers amassed 608 yards of total offense
and 33 first downs and survived a late Tar Heel rally to secure
an unbeaten regular season.
"One of the things I told the players in the locker room is
that they're in the moment right now," Clemson head coach Dabo
Swinney said. "And that they're just young, and there's no way
they can really have a true appreciation for what they've
accomplished, and just how hard it is to accomplish what they've
done. And I've been on a 13-0 team. We had to earn it, and this
team has earned its way to the College football Playoff."
Clemson is the top seed in the College Football Playoff, and
will take on Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 31
in a national semifinal.
As part of AutoNations history of charitable involvement, AutoNation
will donate $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF)
in the Clemson University'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.