DALLAS (FWAA) The Michigan Wolverines
used a dominant run game and pressure in the Ohio State backfield
to post a 42-27 win over the Buckeyes and snap almost a decade's
worth of frustration over their arch-rival. The win was the Wolverines'
first over Ohio State since 2011, snapping an eight-game losing
streak in the series while earning Michigan (11-1) a share of the
Big Ten East Division title. For advancing to the Big Ten Championship
Game for the first time the Wolverines are the Cheez-It
Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend
of Nov. 27, as selected by the Football Writers Association
This is the fourth time for Michigan to earn this honor from
the FWAA and first since 2011 when the Wolverines came back to beat
Notre Dame, 35-31, in the first night game in Michigan Stadium history.
The other honors came in 2006 and 2003. All Division I FBS and FCS
schools are eligible to be selected.
Michigan senior running back Hassan Haskins rushed for 169 yards
and tied a school record with five touchdowns, helping the Wolverines
carve up 297 rushing yards and six touchdowns overall. Michigan
threw only three passes in the second half as its ground game ate
through the Ohio State defense. Haskins registered a third 150-yard
rushing game in the last four weeks and is now tied for second in
program history for single-season rushing touchdowns (18). His five
rushing scores tied the Michigan single-game record set by Ron Johnson
(Wisconsin; Nov. 16, 1968). No other player has scored five rushing
touchdowns against Ohio State in its history.
Meanwhile the Wolverines' defense held Ohio State to just 64
yards rushing, the Buckeyes' lowest rushing total on the season
and just their second under 100 yards this year. Senior defensive
end Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks to set the school's single-season
record for sacks at 13. No other team recorded three sacks against
the Buckeyes this season. He had seven total tackles.
This is the 20th season the FWAA has selected a national team
of the week. Each honored team receives 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. Michigan is the final honored team of the 2021
college football season.
Michigan faces Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday
at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Nov. 27 are:
North Texas (6-6): The Mean Green extended their win streak to five to attain bowl
eligibility with a 45-23 drubbing of previously-unbeaten and
15th-ranked UTSA. It was just North Texas' second all-time win
over a ranked opponent and first such win since 1974. UNT rushed
for 340 yards against the No. 10 rushing defense in the country
and came up with three takeaways while keeping UTSA to 70 yards
below their season total-offense average.
Oklahoma State (11-1): Spencer Sanders
threw for a touchdown and ran for another as No. 7 Oklahoma
State beat No. 10 Oklahoma to win the Bedlam Game, 37-33. The
win kept the Cowboys' hopes for a College Football Playoff berth
alive, snapped a six-game losing streak to the Sooners and
their rival's streak of Big 12 titles at six. Oklahoma State
coach Mike Gundy won for just the third time in 17 tries against
Oklahoma and now has the Cowboys playing for their first Big
12 title since 2011 this weekend against Baylor.
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 email@example.com.
About the Cheez-It Bowl
The Cheez-It Bowl takes place on
Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 5:45 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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||Bryan-College Station Eagle
||Pick Six Previews
||Big Ten Conference
||Big Ten Conference
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||Big 12 Conference
||Big 12 Conference
||Last Word on College Football
||Phil Steele Publications
||Mountain West Conference
||Toledo Blade retired