DALLAS (FWAA) – The NIU Huskies
went into Lincoln and upset Nebraska, 21-17, rallying late with
the winning touchdown coming in between two defensive stops in the
final six minutes. For a fourth win in its last five games against
Big Ten teams, NIU has earned the Football Writers Association of
America National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend
of Sept. 16.
The announcement came on "Off Campus with Mark Packer" on ESPNU
Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during the season, the FWAA National
Team of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs
weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET.
The NIU defense spotted the Huskies a 14-0 lead, as Shawun Lurry
(87 yards) and Jawuan Johnson (25 yards) returned first-quarter
interceptions for touchdowns. The Huskies also came up with a fourth-down
stop to set up the winning drive, and another interception late
in the fourth quarter sealed the win.
"We were able to make enough plays offensively to win the game
in the end, and the defense set the tone for the entire team the
entire day," head coach Rod Carey said. "[Defense] got us out to
a 14-0 lead, and we really fed off that energy."
Jordan Huff led the Huskies (2-1) with 105 rushing yards on 16
carries and a touchdown.
This was the Huskies' sixth win in their last 10 games against
Big Ten opponents since 2009, and NIU's first time to earn National
Team of the Week honors.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Sept. 16 were:
• Memphis (2-0): The Tigers pulled off an
upset of a ranked team for a third straight season as Riley
Ferguson threw for 398 yards and a career-high-tying six touchdowns
in a 48-45 win over UCLA. The game featured six lead changes
and 861 combined passing yards.
• Mississippi State (3-0): The Bulldogs
beat LSU in Starkville for the first time since 1999, scoring
30 straight points in a 37-7 win. It was MSU's largest margin
of victory over LSU in the 111-game series and its largest margin
of victory over a ranked opponent since 1942. The Bulldogs are
3-0 for the first time since 2014.
• San Diego State (3-0): Christian Chapman
hit David Wells on an eight-yard touchdown pass with 54 seconds
left as SDSU beat Stanford, 20-17. It was the Aztecs' first
win over a ranked opponent at home since 2010, and gives them
three straight wins against Pac-12 teams.
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
|2017 FWAA ALL-AMERICA
|Bobby La Gesse
||Land of 10
||Phil Steele Publications