DALLAS (FWAA) – The Florida Gators rushed for 418 yards against a defense allowing 105.1 per game and whipped their arch-rival Georgia, 38-20,
in Jacksonville to earn the Big Game National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 1.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted by Jason Horowitz and Dan Hawkins.
Tailbacks Kevin Taylor each had career games, with Taylor running 25 times for 197 yards and two touchdowns, and Jones matching the 25 carries for 192 yards and two scores. The tandem became the first Florida rushing pair to eclipse 100 yards since 2011, and the 418 yards on the ground were the most for Florida in 25 seasons.
Taylor and Jones became the first Florida rushing tandem to both eclipse 100 yards since 2011, and the 418 yards on the ground were the most for Florida in 25 seasons. It was also Florida’s most rushing yards in an SEC game since totaling 454 against Vanderbilt in 1975. Georgia’s rushing defense was second only to Alabama in the SEC statistically.
"It's awesome, a thing of beauty," Florida head coach Will Muschamp said after the game. "This is very expected for me. In watching this film and preparing for this game, I felt very comfortable about our football team and what we were going to be able to accomplish. "I never once blinked about our team or their effort or their preparation or how they were going to play in this game."
Other Big Game National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Nov. 1:
• Maryland (6-3): Brad Craddock booted a
43-yard field goal with 51 seconds left to give Maryland a
20-19 win over Penn State. The win was only the second for
Maryland in the 38-game series and the first at Penn State.
Maryland's other series win came in 1961. The Terrapins held
Penn State to 219 total yards and 42 yards rushing, both
season lows for the Maryland defense.
• TCU (7-1): One week after an 82-point
offensive outburst, Jaden Oberkrom kicked a 37-yard field
goal as time expired as the Horned Frogs survived for a
come-from-behind 31-30 win at West Virginia. Down 27-14
midway through the third quarter, TCU held WVU to one first
down the rest of the game to spark the rally.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the first season
The Big Game Football Factory has presented the award. Members of the FWAA All-America
Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during
the 2014 college football regular season, the FWAA will name a National
Team of the Week.
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