DALLAS (FWAA) – Tulsa's first win over a ranked
team in 10 seasons came at the expense of No. 11 UCF, and it did
it by scoring the game's final 15 points and win in Orlando 34-26.
The win that snapped UCF's 21-game home win streak earned the Golden
Hurricane the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week
honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 3 as selected by the
Football Writers Association of America.
This is the first time for Tulsa to earn the Team of the Week
honor. All Division I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected.
This is the 19th season for the FWAA to award a Team of the Week.
The Golden Hurricane have become a nemesis for UCF; the home
win streak they snapped began the week following a previous Tulsa
win, 35-20, in 2016. The victory is Tulsa's first against a ranked
opponent since beating No. 24 Hawaii 62-35 in the 2010 Hawaii Bowl,
and it's the first win over a top-15 team since a 35-34 home win
over No. 15 Texas A&M in 1996.
Tulsa's 18-point comeback is the 13th come-from-behind win in
head coach Philip Montgomery's six seasons. Trailing by 11 points
at halftime, Tulsa's special teams sparked the rally when Bryson
Powers caused and recovered a fumble in one motion, and Zach Smith
found Sam Crawford for a 34-yard scoring strike on the next play
to bring the Golden Hurricane to within 23-19. Smith finished 17-of-29
passing for 273 yards and three touchdowns.
Tulsa's special teams forced and recovered two fumbles while
its defense came up with an interception, 10 tackles for losses
and nine pass break-ups.
Tulsa is idle this Saturday before hosting No. 11 Cincinnati
on Oct. 17.
The other National Team of the Week nominee for the weekend of
Oct. 3 are:
• Arkansas (1-1): The Razorbacks gave first-year
head coach Sam Pittman his first win with a 21-14 win at No.
14 Mississippi State. It was the Hogs' first SEC win since a
38-37 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 28, 2017 and its first win over
a ranked opponent since 2016 against No. Florida (31-10). Linebacker
Bumper Pool had a career-high 20 tackles, 10th-most in a game
in school history.
• Georgia (2-0): The No. 4 Bulldogs held
No. 7 Auburn to a pair of field goals in a 27-6 win, the Tigers'
lowest scoring output since Georgia blanked them 38-0 in 2012
at Auburn. Junior quarterback Stetson Bennett (17-for-28, career-high
240 yards, TD) made his first career start and built a 24-3
halftime lead with 288 yards of total offense. Georgia is now
9-4 against top 10 teams under head coach Kirby Smart.
• Iowa State (2-1): The Cyclones beat Oklahoma
at home for the first time since 1960, ending a 24-game home
losing streak in the series with a 37-30 win. Iowa State is
2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002 and is
now 11-1 in October since 2017, the most such wins by an FBS
team in that span. ISU's balance showed against against Oklahoma;
ISU has posted more than 400 yards of total offense for the
13th time in 17 games, and its defense has racked up 7.0 or
more TFL's in its first three games.
• TCU (1-1): Quarterback Max Duggan totaled
310 yards of offense, including the go-ahead 26-yard touchdown
run with 4:01 to play as TCU toppled No. 9 Texas, 33-31. TCU
is now 7-2 against Texas since joining the Big 12 in 2012, and
4-1 in Austin. The Frogs survived with a critical defensive
play when linebacker Garret Wallow punched out a Texas fumble
at the TCU one-yard-line with Corey Bethley making the recovery
with 2:32 to play.
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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