DALLAS (FWAA) – The Penn State
Nittany Lions erased a 14-point deficit in the fourth
quarter and scored the winning touchdown on a blocked field goal
return to upset unbeaten Ohio State, 24-21. The first win over a
ranked opponent since 2013 earned the Nittany Lions the
Football Writers Association of America National Team of the
Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 22.
The announcement was made on "Playbook," hosted by Chris
Carlin and Gino Torretta on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports
Nation." Each Monday during the season, the FWAA National Team
of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs from
1-4 p.m. ET.
Penn State (5-2) snapped Ohio State’s streak of 20
consecutive road wins, handing Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer his
first road loss at OSU, by keying on its special teams to spark
the comeback. In addition to Grant Haley’s 60-yard return
following Marcus Allen’s field goal block, freshman linebacker
Cam Brown blocked a punt earlier in the fourth quarter that led
to a Penn State field goal to cut the OSU’s lead to 21-17.
"I've been to some pretty good parties before, but there’s no
party like that locker room right now," Penn State coach James
Franklin said. "When the number two team in the country comes in
and it’s the whiteout, we’ve got an opportunity. Opportunity was
knocking for us and we needed to open that door and answer."
Penn State won when trailing going into the fourth quarter by
at least 14 points for the first time since 1982. The last time
the Nittany Lions beat team ranked as high as No. 2 was at No. 1
Notre Dame, 24-21, in 1990. Prior to Saturday’s comeback win,
Ohio State had won 78 straight games when leading by 14 or more
points in the fourth quarter, spanning back to 2004
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of
Oct. 22 included:
• SMU (3-4): The Mustangs beat a ranked
opponent for the first time in five seasons, and beat a
top-15 team for the first time since 1986, in a 38-16
dismantling of No. 11 Houston. SMU’s defense came up with
seven sacks and held Houston quarterback Greg Ward Jr. to
241 passing yards, 100 below his season average. SMU
quarterback Ben Hicks threw for three touchdowns and ran for
another. SMU had a 28-7 lead at halftime and outgained the
• West Virginia (6-0): The Mountaineers
handed TCU its worst loss since joining the Big 12 in 2012,
and kept their hopes of their first Big 12 title intact with
a 34-10 drubbing of the Horned Frogs in front of a home
sellout crowd. West Virginia set the tone early, recovering
TCU’s fumble on the opening kickoff and scoring three plays
later for a 7-0 lead. TCU got within 14-10 in the second
quarter, but WVU scored the last 20 points while its defense
posted a shutout against a TCU offense that came into the
game averaging 40.2 points per game.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the 12-person
FWAA All-America Committee – plus one fan vote from Twitter –
decide the weekly honor.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America 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
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