DALLAS (FWAA) – The South Carolina Gamecocks snagged five takeaways from Georgia,
then stunned the Bulldogs between the hedges with an overtime field
goal in a 20-17 upset. For their defensive effort and beating a top-five
team for the first time since 2013, the Gamecocks earned the
Suits National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of
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 fourth time for South Carolina (3-3) to win the FWAA's
National Team of the Week honor and the first time since 2010
when the Gamecocks upset No. 1 Alabama, 35-21.
Israel Mukuamu returned the first of his three interceptions
53 yards for a touchdown that gave South Carolina a 17-10 lead in
the second quarter and South Carolina picked off Georgia's Jake Fromm three times – his first interceptions of the season in
111 passes. The Gamecocks also recovered a Fromm fumble. Mukuamu is the Gamecock since 1988 to have three picks in a game.
Parker White's 23-yard field goal on the second overtime possession
proved to be enough when Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship was wide
left from 42 yards after the Bulldogs stalled on their second possession.
White missed a 33-yard attempt on the Gamecocks' first overtime
South Carolina recorded its longest touchdown drive of the season
– 93 yards – in the first quarter to take a 7-3 lead. White later
made a 49-yarder for a 10-10 tie before Mukuamu's interception return
and touchdown one minute before halftime.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 12 were:
• Baylor (6-0): Charlie Brewer threw for 81
yards on a game-tying drive in the final 90 seconds of regulation,
then led the game-winning drive on Baylor's second overtime possession
to keep his team undefeated, winning in front of a sellout homecoming
crowd, 33-30. Brewer was 24-of-37 for 352 yards and scored three
• Louisville (4-2): Quarterback Evan Conley ran 41
yards for a touchdown with 2:15 remaining and Louisville outlasted
Wake Forest's late rally, 62-59, to spoil the Demon Deacons' first
national ranking in 11 years. It was the second-highest-scoring
game in ACC history as the teams combined for 1,188 total yards.
Conley threw for two touchdowns and Hassan Hall returned a kickoff
100 yards to pace Louisville's scoring.
• Minnesota (6-0): The Gophers rushed for 322 yards behind Rodney
Smith (139 yards), Shannon Brooks (99) and Mo Ibrahim (84, three
touchdowns) to stay undefeated in a 34-7 romp over Nebraska in wintry
conditions (37 degrees at kickoff). Minnesota is 6-0 for the first
time since 2003 and for the second time since 1960. The Gophers
are 10-2 in their last 12 games and have won eight straight (dating
to last season) for the first time in 70 years.
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