DALLAS (FWAA) – The Memphis Tigers
rolled up 514 total yards behind a record-setting day from receiver
Antonio Gibson and took a shootout 54-48 home win over unbeaten
SMU. The win in ABC's prime-time setting earned Memphis (8-1) the
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games of the weekend of Nov. 2.
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
Gibson exploded for a school-record 386 all-purpose yards and
three scores that included a 78-yard touchdown run, a 97-yard kickoff
return for a touchdown to open the second-half and a 50-yard reception.
Gibson's final line was 159 kick return yards, 130 receiving yards
and 97 rushing yards. Brady White finished with 350 passing yards,
including two touchdowns to Damonte Coxe as part of his 143-yard
The win came on the heels of Memphis hosting ESPN's "College
GameDay" on Beale Street with wrestler Jerry Lawler as its guest.
This is the second time for Memphis to win the FWAA's National Team
of the Week honor; the other came in 2015 after a 37-24 win over
No. 12 Ole Miss that extended the Tigers' 13-game win streak in
front of 60,241 at the Liberty Bowl. Saturday's sellout crowd (59,506)
was the largest since that game.
"I'm so proud of our football team ... this stage, this moment,
this opportunity," head coach Mike Norvell said. "They came out
and played with everything they had against a really good football
team through momentum swings, (through) highs and lows. There was
a great response from these Memphis Tigers. And I want to say 'Thank
you' to Memphis. Memphis had an opportunity to be showcased today.
And much like this football team, it rose to the occasion."
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Nov. 2 were:
• Georgia Southern (5-3): The Eagles rushed
for 335 yards and upset unbeaten Appalachian State on the road,
24-21. It was the first win for Georgia Southern at App State
in 12 years and the second consecutive season for the Eagles
to beat a nationally-ranked App State team. Wesley Kennedy III
ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns, one of them a 68-yarder.
• Utah (8-1): The Utes rallied from an 11-point
deficit in the first half, then scored 21 unanswered points
in the second half to win at Washington, 33-28. Utah's national-best
rushing defense held the Huskies to just 53 yards on the ground
and minus-seven in the fourth quarter.
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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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