DALLAS (FWAA) – Quarterback
Nick Fitzgerald sparked a big day with a 74-yard touchdown run on
the game's first play, and the Mississippi State Bulldogs used the fast start to stun
4th-ranked Texas A&M, 35-28, The win earned the Bulldogs (4-5) the
Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week
honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 5.
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.
Fitzgerald had a banner day, as the sophomore posted a 100-yard
rushing day even beyond the long run to start the game. He finished
with 182 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and added 209 yards and
two touchdowns through the air. Aeris Williams, whose short touchdown
run gave MSU a 14-0 lead 10 minutes into the game, added a career-high
140 yards on the ground.
Texas A&M closed to within 28-21 with 10:42 left, but MSU
responded with a 14-play, 73-yard scoring drive capped by a four-yard
Fitzgerald touchdown run with 3:08 left. The Bulldogs' 365 rushing
yards were a season-high and their highest total since 2010, as
well as the most that Texas A&M has given up this season.
"We have a young team and they didn't flinch. I tried to
get out of their hair a little bit and let them go," Mississippi
State coach Dan Mullen said. "They were able to make plays
today. All year it has been pretty close here and there, and there
were a lot of opportunities to make plays that we weren't making.
Three times this year we have lost the game on the last play. The
fans did a great job today showing up, supporting and believing
in this team. That is how we built this program."
This is Mississippi State's third time to earn the FWAA Team
of the Week, and first since 2014. The other came in 2004.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Nov. 5 were:
• Navy (6-2): In Jacksonvolle, Fla., quarterback Will
Worth ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns – his eighth consecutive
game with a rushing score – and Navy beat Notre Dame 28-27 in
the nation's longest-running intersectional rivalry. It was
a rare Navy win in the series, as the Midshipmen won for just
the fourth time since 1963 to snap a five-game losing streak
to the Fighting Irish.
• Ohio State (8-1): The Buckeyes' defense
opened the scoring with a touchdown off an interception return,
and Curtis Samuel added 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns
as Ohio State blasted No. 10 Nebraska, 62-3. The rout marked
Ohio State's highest score in school history against a top-10
team and handed the Cornhuskers their most lopsided loss since
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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