Football Writers Association of America Nov. 13, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
214-909-9314
Tigers dominate nation's top-ranked team
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AUBURN IS FWAA NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) Kerryon Johnson ran for 167 yards on a workhorse 32 carries more than triple what the Tigers' defense held Georgia to on the ground and the Auburn Tigers (8-2) handed the top-ranked Bulldogs their first loss of the season, 40-17, to earn the Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 11.

The announcement came on "Off Campus with Mark Packer" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during the season, the FWAA National Team of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET.

Auburn held the SEC's top ground attack to 46 yards on 32 carries 233 below their season average and the Bulldogs' fewest yards in the series since at least 1967 and only 230 total yards. Georgia scored a touchdown on its opening drive the first touchdown Auburn has allowed in the first quarter this season but the Bulldogs didn't reach the end zone again until the final minutes.

"We've got one of the best defenses in the country," Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said. "They proved it again tonight. We may have played our best game up front. They too, on the challenge and they controlled the line of scrimmage."

Johnson topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark during the game and now has 1,035 yards on the season. Jarrett Stidham threw three touchdown passes and Daniel Carlson kicked four field goals for Auburn, which outgained Georgia 488-230, a 258-yard advantage that just missed the series record for largest yardage-differential (268 by Auburn in a 16-3 win in 1969).

Auburn is now 4-0 all-time against Georgia when both teams are ranked in the top 10 (1971, 1983, 2004 and 2017).

This is Auburn's third time to earn the Team of the Week honor and the first since the memorable "Kick Six" Iron Bowl win over No. 1 Alabama in 2013.

The other National Team of the Week nominee for the weekend of Nov. 11 was:

Miami (9-0): The No. 7 Hurricanes dominated No. 3 Notre Dame 41-8 to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games. Travis Homer ran for 146 yards, Deejay Dallas had a pair of touchdown runs and Malik Rosier threw for a touchdown and ran for another. Miami, the ACC's Coastal Division champions, forced four turnovers for the fourth consecutive week and handed the Fighting Irish their second-worst loss in the history of the series.

The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the 12-person FWAA All-America Committee – plus one fan vote from Twitter – decide the weekly honor.

Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key 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 at tiger@fwaa.com.

2017 National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 2: UCLA Bruins
Weekend of Sept. 9: Oklahoma Sooners
Weekend of Sept. 16: NIU Huskies
Weekend of Sept. 23: TCU Horned Frogs
Weekend of Sept. 30: Troy Trojans
Weekend of Oct. 7: Iowa State Cyclones
Weekend of Oct. 14: Syracuse Orange
Weekend of Oct. 21: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Weekend of Oct. 28: Arizona Wildcats
Weekend of Nov. 4: Iowa Hawkeyes
Weekend of Nov. 11: Auburn Tigers

2017 FWAA ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE
Kirk Bohls Austin American-Statesman National
Ken Capps TexasFootball.com C-USA
Tim Griffin Cox Communications Big12
Clay Henry Hawgs Illustrated SEC
Joey Johnston FanRag Sports American Athletic
Michael Katz Idaho Statesman Mountain West
Bobby La Gesse Land of 10 Big Ten
Stefanie Loh Seattle Times Pac-12
Nate Mink Syracuse Post-Standard ACC
Matt Roberson Jonesboro Sun Sun Belt
Phil Steele Phil Steele Publications Independents/National
John Wagner Toledo Blade Mid-American