DALLAS (FWAA) – The Minnesota Golden
Gophers moved to 9-0 for the first time in more than 100
years, beating Penn State 31-26 in front of their first sellout
crowd in four years. The Gophers ended a 13-game losing streak to
ranked opponents and beat a top-five team for the first time in
20 seasons to earn the Reveal Suits National Team of the
Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 9.
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
Tanner Morgan completed 18-of-20 passes for 339 yards and three
touchdowns, leading the Golden Gophers to their first 9-0 start
since the 1904 season. Morgan hit Rashod Bateman with a 66-yard
touchdown catch to open the scoring, and Bateman finished with seven
catches for 203 yards, the second-most in program. Tyler Johnson
had seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. Morgan’s 90 percent
completion rate made him just the second FBS quarterback in the
past 20 seasons to have multiple games in a single season hitting
90 percent of his passes (with 20-plus attempts). He hit 21-of-22
on Sept. 28 against Purdue.
The Gophers rolled up 321 total yards and a 24-13 halftime lead,
by then posting the most points allowed in a game by the Nittany
Lions this season. Antonio Winfield Jr. led Minnesota’s defense
with two interceptions – each coming inside the Golden Gophers’
10-yard line – that led to 14 points to go with a team-high 11 tackles.
The second pick tied the school record of seven for a season.
This is the second time for Minnesota to earn the FWAA's National
Team of the Week honor. The other came in 2014.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Nov. 9 were:
• Appalachian State (8-1): The Mountaineers
beat another Power 5 team on the road, taking down South Carolina
20-15, to become just the seventh Group of Five team since the
Sun Belt was formed in 2001 to post two Power Five road wins
in the same season. App State won at North Carolina, 34-31,
on Sept. 21.
• Dartmouth (8-0): In a rematch of Ivy League
unbeatens from 2018, the Big Green avenged last year's loss
to Princeton in a 27-10 triumph at Yankee Stadium. Quarterback
Jared Gerbino ran for two touchdowns and defensive end Niko
Lalos returned an interception 22 yards for another as Dartmouth
took the lead in the Ivy League while winning its 10th straight
and 20th of its last 21.
• LSU (9-0): The Tigers ended Alabama's
31-game home win streak, never trailing in a 46-41 win. LSU
had a 33-13 halftime lead. Joe Burrow finished with 393 passing
yards with three touchdowns and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire
scored four times. The Tigers are 9-0 for the fifth time in
• Nevada (6-4): The Wolf Pack beat a ranked
team on the road for the first time in school history, taking
down San Diego State, 17-13. Wide receiver Elijah Cooks threw
a 50-yard pass on a trick play to set up Devonte Lee's go-ahead
1-yard run with 10:31 to go for the winning score.
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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that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.
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