DALLAS (FWAA) – J.T. Barrett threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Ohio State Buckeyes (8-1) handed Michigan State its first conference loss since 2012, winning in East Lansing, 49-37, to earn the Big Game National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 8.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Sports Today,” hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
Barrett went 16-of-26 for 300 yards and led the Buckeyes for 568 total yards. Ohio State’s first drive of the game ended in a missed field goal and penalties wiped out another early drive. Other than that pair, the Buckeyes scored touchdowns every time they had the ball until punting in the final minute.
Michigan State led 21-14 before two long touchdown passes put Ohio State ahead for good, the second a 44-yarder from Barrett to Devin Smith for a 28-21 Ohio State lead with 56 seconds left in the half.
“This is one for the ages,” said Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer after the
game. “That’s how much respect we had for our opponent going into it. We played a top-10 team and really played our best on the road.”
Other Big Game National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Nov. 8:
• Arizona State (8-1): The Sun Devils rolled past Notre Dame, 55-31, in scoring the most points allowed by the Fighting Irish since 1985. It was ASU’s first win over a top-10 opponent since 2002. The Sun Devils intercepted four passes, forced two fumbles and recorded seven sacks on the afternoon.
• Baylor (8-1): Corey Coleman set career highs of 15 catches and 224 yards as the Bears hammered Oklahoma, 48-14. Bryce Petty completed 32-of-42 passes for 387 yards and a touchdown. It was Baylor’s first win in Norman, and its first road win against a ranked opponent in coach Art Briles’ tenure. Baylor has now won three of the past four meetings against Oklahoma after losing the first 20.
• TCU (8-1): Trevone Boykin ran for three touchdowns and threw for 219 yards and another score as the Horned Frogs moved atop the Big 12 with a 41-20 win over Kansas State. Boykin’s 123 rushing yards were a career high. Aaron Green, filling in for an injured B.J. Catalon, ran 18 times for 171 yards and a touchdown for the Frogs.
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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2014 Big Game National Teams of the Week
• Weekend of Aug. 30: Texas A&M Aggies
• Weekend of Sept. 6: Virginia Tech Hokies
• Weekend of Sept. 13: Boston College Eagles
• Weekend of Sept. 20: Mississippi State Bulldogs • Weekend of Sept. 27: Yale Bulldogs
• Weekend of Oct. 4: Ole Miss Rebels
• Weekend of Oct. 11: Baylor Bears
• Weekend of Oct. 18: West Virginia Mountaineers • Weekend of Oct. 25: LSU Tigers
• Weekend of Nov. 1: Florida Gators
• Weekend of Nov. 8: Ohio State Buckeyes
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