DALLAS (FWAA) The Arkansas Razorbacks
jumped out to a 16-0 halftime lead and kept No. 15 Texas at bay
in a decisive 40-21 win in Fayetteville, the Hogs' first home win
over a ranked non-conference opponent since 2008. For moving to
2-0 on the season for the first time since 2016 with a win over its longtime and soon-to-be SEC
rival, the Razorbacks have earned the Cheez-It Bowl National
Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept.
11, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
In the first meeting between former Southwest Conference rivals
in Fayetteville since 2004, the Hogs shut Texas down in the first
half, outgaining them 228-78. The Longhorns were 0-for-6 on third
downs and were held scoreless at halftime for the first time since
2015. Senior linebacker Hayden Henry led the defense with a career-high
15 tackles including 2.5 tackles for loss his first career double-digit
tackle game that also marked the first time he's led Arkansas in
tackles in a game.
The Arkansas rushing game handled the rest, rolling up 333 yards.
Five different Razorbacks rushed for at least 44 yards and four
of them scored touchdowns. Texas got to within 16-7 on its first
possession of the third quarter but Arkansas responded with an 81-yard
drive capped off by Trelon Smith's one-yard run and the Hogs pulled
away with a 17-point quarter.
"It was a surreal moment (celebrating with students on the
field post-game)," quarterback KJ Jefferson said. "It
kind of felt like a dream. That's a moment you live for. You beat
a big rival team like Texas and the fans rush the field, That's
something you want to see on TV. To live in that moment and embrace
that moment was a really big deal."
This is the 20th season the FWAA will select a national team
of the week. Each honored team will receive a custom Cheez-It "care
package" along with a hand-crafted game ball made in America by
Dallas-based Big Game USA, the nation's leading manufacturer of
custom footballs. For Arkansas, this marks the fourth time the program
has earned this distinction and the first time since the 2016 season.
Arkansas hosts Georgia Southern at 3 p.m. CT Saturday in a game
on the SEC Network.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Sept. 11 are:
Jacksonville State (1-1): The Gamecocks
scored on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Zerrick Cooper to Damond
Philyaw-Johnson on the final play of their 20-17 win at Doak
Campbell Stadium and earned a win over an FBS school for a second
consecutive season. The Gamecocks scored the game's final 13
points in the last 4:45 to stun the Seminoles.
Oregon (2-0): The No. 12 Ducks never trailed
in beating No. 3 Ohio State for the first time in 10 meetings,
shocking 100,482 fans in Ohio Stadium and stopping the Buckeyes'
23-game home win streak. CJ Verdell ran for 161 yards on 20
carries and opened the game up with a 77-yard run to give Oregon
a 21-7 lead. It was Oregon's first win over a top-five team
Stanford (1-1): Tanner McKee passed for
two touchdowns and rushed for another in his first collegiate
start, guiding the Cardinal to a 42-28 win at No. 14 USC in
the 100th meeting between the Pac-12 rivals. Nathaniel Peat
scored on an 87-yard run, part of his career-high 115 yards,
and Stanford held a 29-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America
consists of journalists, broadcasters, publicists, photographers and key executives
in all areas of college football. The FWAA works to govern media access and gameday
operations while presenting awards and honors, including an annual All-America team.
For more information about the FWAA and its programs and initiatives, contact Executive
Director Steve Richardson at 214-870-6516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Cheez-It Bowl
The Cheez-It Bowl takes place on
Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 5:15 p.m. ET in Orlando, Fla. The postseason contest is hosted
by Florida Citrus Sports, a Central Florida-based nonprofit, and annually features
top teams from the Atlantic Coast and Big 12 Conferences. Cheez-It®, the best-selling
cracker brand in the United States, signed on as the game's title sponsor in 2020
as part of its season-long support of college football. Last bowl season, No. 21
Oklahoma State beat No. 18 Miami 37-34 in front of an audience of Cheez-It "Wheel
Live Fans." This year's Cheez-It Bowl will be the 32nd edition of the game and its
21st in Orlando.
All-time FWAA National
Teams of the Week
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||Memphis Commercial Appeal
||American Athletic Conference
||Bryan-College Station Eagle
||Pick Six Previews
||Big Ten Conference
||Big Ten Conference
||Big 12 Conference
||Sun Belt Conference
||Big 12 Conference
||Last Word on College Football
||Phil Steele Publications
||Mountain West Conference
||Toledo Blade retired