DALLAS (FWAA) – The Ohio State Buckeyes went
into Lincoln and dominated Nebraska, 48-7, in a prime time Big Ten
Conference battle that turned into a showcase for their defense,
led by Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins. For rolling from the outset
and pushing Dobbins past the 3,000-yard career rushing mark, the
Buckeyes earned the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week honor
for games of the weekend of Sept. 28.
The announcement came on "Playbook” 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 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
This is the fifth time for Ohio State (5-0) to win the FWAA's National
Team of the Week honor. The Buckeyes also won in this same week
last season following a 27-26 win at Penn State.
Fields accounted for four touchdowns at quarterback and Dobbins
had a third straight standout performance with 177 rushing yards.
But more telling of the Buckeyes’ domination was their defense,
which intercepted three passes in the first half and held the Huskers
to 231 total yards.
Ohio State outgained Nebraska 154-67 in the first quarter as
Dobbins had 64 yards on 10 carries while Fields completed 5-of-6
passes for 61 yards. The Buckeyes’ third interception of the first
half – this one by Jordan Fuller at midfield – led to a short touchdown
run by Master Teague, who added another shortly after to give Ohio
State a 31-0 lead with 5:42 before halftime. Ohio State outgained
Nebraska 378-76 in the first half and gained 230 rushing yards while
Fields was 10-of-15 passing for 148 yards and accounted for three
“It's great. I still feel like we've got a lot of people
doubting us but that's out of our control," Ohio State safety
Jordan Fuller said. "All we can do is control how we play on
Saturdays and so far, we've done a pretty good job of that. We
always work so hard during the week, so I always say that
Saturdays are paydays and we definitely collected a check."
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Sept. 28 were:
• Arizona State (4-1): The Sun Devils held
Cal to just 11 total fourth-quarter yards, forcing a pair of
turnovers on downs in the final five minutes to seal a second
upset of a ranked team on the road this season, this time taking
down No. 15 Cal, 24-17. Eno Benjamin rushed for three touchdowns,
including the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter Friday night.
• Duke (3-1): The Blue Devils scored 31
straight points to whip Virginia Tech on the road, 45-10, in
Friday's ACC opener, posting their largest winning margin in
the series since 1951. Quarterback Quentin Harris finished 20-of-27
for 163 yards and two touchdowns and added another 100 rushing
yards and a touchdown.
• SMU (5-0): The Mustangs zoomed to a 41-0
lead early in the second half and won their AAC opener, 48-21,
at USF to move to 5-0 for the first time since 1983. Shane Buechele
was 21-of-25 for 226 yards and three touchdowns, while Xavier
Jones ran 15 times for 155 yards and two first-quarter touchdowns
that set the tone. The SMU defense had a school-record 10 sacks
in the game.
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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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