DALLAS (FWAA) – The FIU Panthers
earned their first win over an ACC opponent and only the second
win over a current Power-5 opponent, with a stunning intra-city
win over Miami, 30-24, at Marlins Park. The win gives the Panthers
(6-5) six wins in a season for a school-record third consecutive
year, and earned them the Reveal Suits National Team of
the Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 23.
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
This is the first time for FIU to earn the Team of the Week honor.
FIU bolted out to a 23-3 lead, taking advantage of its first
of three interceptions to set up a short field goal by Jose Borregales.
James Morgan then led an 11-play, 80-yard drive capped by a 29-yard
strike to Shemar Thornton for a 10-0 lead. FIU led 13-0 at the half,
staving off two Miami possessions into its red zone with fourth-down
stops. Sage Lewis had 10 tackles and an interception to lead the
Panthers' defense. The three interceptions were a season-high for
Borregales tied his own school record with a 53-yard field goal
in the third quarter for a 16-0 lead. Miami got back within one
possession at late in the third quarter, but Anthony Jones broke
through the left side for a 37-yard touchdown run with 2:17 left
for a clinching score and a 30-17 lead. Jones finished with his
fourth 100-yard rushing game with 112 yards and Morgan had 160 yards
through the air.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Nov. 23 were:
• Arizona State (6-5): Freshman quarterback
Jayden Daniels threw for a career-high 408 yards as the Sun
Devils took down No. 6 Oregon, 31-28. ASU led 24-7 in the fourth
quarter before Oregon got to within three at 24-21, but Daniels
shut down the comeback with an 81-yard strike to Brandon Aiyuk
down the left sideline. Eno Benjamin ran for a 14th 100-yard
game of his career with 114 yards.
• Charlotte (6-5): The 49ers became bowl-eligible
for the first time with a 24-13 home win over Marshall. Victor
Tucker's 24-yard touchdown catch in the final minute sealed
the win on a fourth-and-10 play. Charlotte held Marshall to
13 points, the second-fewest points the 49ers have ever allowed
in a C-USA game. The win was Charlotte's third come-from-behind
win (trailed 10-0) in its last four games.
• Yale (9-1): The Bulldogs won a share of
the Ivy League championship for the second time in three seasons
after scoring two touchdowns in the last 90 seconds of regulation,
then sealing the game on their second overtime possession to
take The Game, 50-43. Yale trailed 15-3 at the half and 36-19
in the fourth quarter before the rally. Kurt Rawlings threw
for a career-high 417 yards and Yale had 479 total yards. In
its 147th year playing football, Yale ends the season on a six-game
win streak and scored 50 or more points in its final three games.
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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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