DALLAS (FWAA) The Georgia State Panthers scored
17 straight points in the fourth quarter to shock Tennessee, 38-30,
in Knoxville for their first win over a Power 5 opponent in the
program's 10-year history. The upset win earned Georgia State the
Reveal Suits National Team of the Week honor for the 2019 season's
The announcement came on "Playbook" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM
Radio (Ch. 84) with Jason Horowitz and Andy Staples. Each Monday
during the season the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week will
be unveiled during the show, which airs weekdays from 1-4 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 selected.
This is the first time for Georgia State (1-0) to win the FWAA's
National Team of the Week honor. But of note is Georgia State head
coach Shawn Elliott, who has been an assistant coach with two past
honored teams in Appalachian States historic 2007 upset win at
Michigan, and a South Carolina win over No. 1 Alabama in 2010.
The Panthers are the fourth current Sun Belt team in conference history
to be named National Team of the Week by the FWAA. The conference's
previous winners: the aforementioned Appalachian State (2007, Week of Sept. 1), ULM
(2012, Week of Sept. 8) and Troy (2017, Week of Sept. 30).
Georgia State scored its first win over an SEC school in four
tries behind Dan Ellington, who threw for 139 yards and two touchdowns
and added 78 rushing yards. His 22-yard touchdown run with 4:45
remaining gave GSU a 35-23 lead. Cornerback Evan Jones forced a
fumble on a sack after that touchdown, and Jhi'Shawn Taylor recovered
at the Tennessee 39 to set up Ellington's scoring run came five
plays later. Tra Barnett led the Panthers on the ground with 98
yards on 21 carries.
"First of all, I will go ahead and say how proud I am of our
university and our football program to come in here and do something
probably only 108 or 109 players we have on our roster believed
we could do," Elliott said. "I don't know if anyone else in the
country believed that a program just a mere 10 years old could come
in here to Neyland Stadium and beat them. We believed. We notched
a signature win for our university and our football program. It
has been an unbelievable day."
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Aug. 31 were:
Auburn (1-0): Bo Nix found Seth Williams
with nine seconds remaining for a 26-yard touchdown pass to
cap a dramatic come-from-behind 27-21 win over Oregon in Arlington,
Texas. Minutes earlier, Zakoby McClain and Tyrone Truesdell
had stopped the Ducks on a 4th-and-1 at the Auburn 42 with 4:31
Boise State (1-0): The Broncos rallied
from an 18-point deficit in the first half to knock off Florida
State, 36-31, in Tallahassee after Hurricane Dorian forced the
game to relocate from Jacksonville. Hank Bachmeier, a true freshman,
threw for 407 yards, the most ever by a Boise State first-time
starting quarterback in handing FSU its third straight season-opening
North Carolina (1-0): The Tar Heels had
head coach Mack Brown dancing in the locker room following a
come-from-behind 24-20 win over South Carolina. True freshman
quarterback Sam Howell threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns,
and Myles Wolfork contributed two interceptions late in a game
that marked Brown's return to the Carolina sideline.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. In addition to the members
of the FWAA All-America Committee, one fan vote from Twitter decides
the weekly honor.
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