DALLAS (FWAA) – The TCU Horned Frogs
went into Stillwater and knocked off unbeaten Oklahoma State,
44-31, in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools. With
the win, TCU has earned the Football Writers Association of
America National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend
of Sept. 23.
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.
TCU's running game fueled the win, paced by Darius Anderson's
career-high 160 yards and three touchdowns. The Frogs (4-0) ran
52 times for 238 yards, and Kenny Hill added 228 yards through
the air. TCU (4-0) built a 20-point lead with 12 minutes left
before Oklahoma State rallied to get within six. Anderson's
42-yard touchdown run with 2:37 left sealed the victory.
"We want to be relevant," TCU head coach Gary Patterson said.
"You want to win enough to get noticed. It was also an advantage
that no one was giving us a chance. We play better that way."
TCU controlled the ball for nearly 40 minutes and was the
first team to score on OSU in the first quarter this season. The
Frogs are 4-0 for the seventh time in the last 10 seasons and
this is TCU's sixth time to earn this honor.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Sept. 23 were:
• Duke (4-0): The Blue Devils retained
the Victory Bell with a 27-17 win at North Carolina. Shaun
Wilson's one-yard touchdown run with 6:09 left, and an
interception return for a touchdown by Bryon Fields Jr. late
sealed the win. Duke is 4-0 for the first time since 2014.
• Virginia (3-1): The Cavaliers handed
Boise State its first regular-season non-conference home
loss since 2001. Virginia led 35-14 going into the fourth
quarter, in part by holding the Broncos to 21 rushing yards
to that point. Kurt Benkert was 19-of-29 passing for 273
yards and three touchdowns for Virginia, which also won its
first road non-conference game since 2011.
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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