DALLAS (FWAA) – Quarterback Lamar Jackson put on another show last Saturday, accounting for 362 total yards and five touchdowns as the Louisville Cardinals rolled over Florida State, 63-20. By also holding one of the nation’s top offenses to 284 total yards, Louisville earned the Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 17.
The announcement was made on “Playbook,” hosted by Chris Carlin and Gino Torretta on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Sports Nation.” Each Monday during the season, the FWAA National Team of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs from 1-4 p.m. ET.
“We know all about them coming back and not just against us, but against other teams and what they were able to do,” Head Coach Bobby Petrino said. “We just talked about finishing, playing one play at a time, working on the process and letting the scoreboard take care of itself.”
Louisville is now 20-0 as a ranked team at home under Petrino, winning by an average of 52-18 in those games. It also set a school record by scoring at least 60 points in its first three games, while handing FSU its third-worst loss in school history.
This is the second time for Louisville to earn National Team of the Week honors. The other came in 2006.
Other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 17 included:
• Nebraska (3-0): The Cornhuskers toppled No. 21 Oregon, rallying from a 13-point second-quarter deficit behind the ground-game tandem of quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., and running back Devine Ozigbo, who each posted 95 yards and a touchdown. Armstrong also threw for 200 yards, breaking Taylor Martinez’s school record for career passing yards at 7,376.
• North Dakota State (3-0): The Bison stole a sixth straight victory over an FBS team when Cam Pedersen kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give NDSU a 23-21 win over at Iowa. NDSU got a second chance at the win after failing on a two-point conversion trailing 21-20 with 3:41 left. The Bison outgained Iowa 363-231 and yielded only 59 total yards in the second half.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the 12-person FWAA All-America Committee – plus one fan vote from Twitter – decide the weekly honor.
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2016 National Teams of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 3: Houston Cougars
• Weekend of Sept. 10: Arkansas Razorbacks
• Weekend of Sept. 17: Louisville Cardinals