DALLAS (FWAA) – The top-ranked Alabama Crimson
Tide dominated in every phase – but especially on defense
where it silenced No. 3 LSU and its rowdy home crowd in a 29-0
win. For remaining undefeated with a dominating win in
its stiffest test yet this season, Alabama (9-0) has earned the
Reveal Suits National Team of the Week honor for
games of the weekend of Nov. 3.
This is the fifth time for Alabama to earn the honor, which dates
to 2002. The announcement
came on "Off Campus with Mark Packer" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM.
Each Monday during the season, the Reveal Suits National Team of
the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs weekdays
from 4-7 p.m. ET. The FWAA's All-America Committee selects the weekly
winner and all Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be
Alabama's defense gave LSU no room to move and commanded the
line of scrimmage throughout. The Crimson Tide forced LSU punts
on the Tigers' first nine possessions while gaining a 16-0 halftime
lead. Alabama had five sacks, held the Tigers to 12 rushing yards
and came up with an interception in its own end zone to thwart LSU's
best scoring chance. Nose guard Quinnen Williams posted career-high
numbers in tackles (10) and sacks (2.5) while equaling his career
best in tackles for loss (3.5). Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw
for 295 yards on 25-of-42 passing, including two touchdowns, and
ran for 44 more yards and another score.
LSU came into the game averaging 383.6 yards and 30.4 points
per game but was held to 196 total yards. The Alabama defense has
not surrendered a touchdown in its last 11 quarters (plus one overtime
possession) at Tiger Stadium dating back to the 2014 game, a span
of over 165 minutes. The Tide has outscored the Tigers 59-6 over
those 11 quarters in Baton Rouge.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Nov. 3 were:
• Arizona State (5-4): Manny Wilkins and
N'Keal Harry connected on three touchdown passes as Arizona
State knocked Utah out of the Pac-12 South lead with a 38-20
win in Tempe. The Sun Devils, with consecutive wins over co-division
leaders USC and Utah, are now a half-game out of the division
• Missouri (4-4): Quarterback Drew Lock
had another outstanding game against Florida, throwing three
touchdowns as the Tigers upset the No. 11 Gators 38-17 in Gainesville.
Lock completed 24-of-32 passes for 250 yards after leading Missouri
to a 45-16 win against Florida last year.
• SMU (4-5): The Mustangs never trailed
and saw a revived rushing attack post 196 yards in a 45-31 home
win over 17th-ranked Houston. Ke'Mon Freeman ran for 107 yards
and two touchdowns on 20 carries and Ben Hicks topped 300 yards
passing with four touchdowns to lead the Mustangs. SMU also
held the Cougars to a season-low 31 points and 365 yards in
snapping their five-game winning streak.
• Tulane (4-5): The Green Wave won a game
in the state of Florida for the first time since 1977, ending
a 13-game losing streak in the state with a 41-15 rout at USF.
Tulane gained 364 yards on the ground as Darius Bradwell (134
yards on only 15 carries) and Corey Dauphine (120 yards, two
touchdowns) both topped the 100-yard mark.
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