The Football Writers Association of America has named Ole Miss its national team of the week. The FWAA’s release follows.
DALLAS, Texas – The Ole Miss Rebels moved to 5-0 for the first time since 1962 and earned their first ever win over a top-ranked team with a 23-17 win over Alabama in front of an overflow Vaught-Hemingway Stadium crowd. For their performance, the Rebels earned the Big Game National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 4.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Sports Today,” hosted by Mark Packer and Phil Savage.
Ole Miss had just tied the game at 17 with 5:29 left when the Rebels’ special teams unit made the game-changing play. On the ensuing kickoff return, Ole Miss’ Channing Ward stripped the ball free and Kailo Moore recovered at the Alabama 31. Bo Wallace hit running back Jaylen Walton for 10 yards and the go-ahead touchdown five plays later. Cornerback Senquez Golson then clinched the win with an interception in the end zone with 37 seconds left.
Alabama’s first touchdown gave it a 7-3 lead, and marked the first time all season that Ole Miss had trailed.
The Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) 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.