DALLAS (FWAA) – The Pitt Panthers
headlined a day of upsets when Chris Blewitt booted a 48-yard
field goal with six seconds left to stun No. 2 Clemson, 43-42,
on the road. For beating their highest-ranked opponent since
knocking off No. 2 West Virginia in 2007, the Panthers (6-4)
earned the Football Writers Association of America
National Team of the Week honor for games of the
weekend of Nov. 12.
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.
Trailing 42-40 going into the final minute, the Panthers’
defense came up with third- and fourth-down stops with 58
seconds left to keep their chances alive. Nathan Peterman capped
off a career day of 308 yards and five touchdowns by connecting
with Scott Orndoff on two passes to get Blewitt within range.
"Our team had a lot of guts tonight," Pittsburgh coach Pat
Pitt handed Clemson its first home loss since 2013 and ended
the Tigers’ 23-game regular-season win streak dating back to
November 2014. James Connor rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown
and also caught one of Peterman’s scoring passes.
This is Pitt’s first time to be selected as the FWAA National
Team of the Week since the award’s inception in the 2002 season.
The other National Team of the Week nominee for the weekend
of Nov. 12 was:
• Iowa (6-4): Freshman kicker Keith
Duncan nailed a 33-yard field goal as time expired Saturday
to send Iowa past No. 3 Michigan, 14-13, at sold-out Kinnick
Stadium. After an Iowa defensive stop, a face mask penalty
by Michigan on Iowa’s punt return set the Hawkeyes up at the
Michigan 36-yard line to start the final drive. It was
Iowa's first home win over a ranked opponent since 2011 –
also against Michigan – and the Hawkeyes’ first win over a
top-five opponent since 2010 against Michigan State.
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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