DALLAS (FWAA) – The Oklahoma Sooners scored the nation’s best road win of the young season, going to Columbus and upending Ohio State, 31-16. For giving first-year head coach Lincoln Riley a signature win, the Sooners have earned the Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 9.
The announcement came on “Off Campus with Mark Packer” on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during the season, the FWAA National Team of the Week will be unveiled during the program, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET.
Baker Mayfield hit 27-of-35 passes and threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma (2-0) outpaced the Buckeyes in the second half, 28-13, following a 3-3 halftime tie. Keyed by the fourth-down stop and an interception late in the third quarter, Mayfield made quick work of the opportunities, with scoring throws to Dimitri Flowers, Lee Morris and Trey Sermon inside of eight minutes as the Sooners took control.
“At halftime, our guys really believed. We felt we had outplayed them and were on the verge of busing it open,” Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley said. “Our guys have a chip on their shoulder. They have an edge about them. Wins like this on the road are the most special to me. I love competing like this. It was a great environment.”
The Sooners are rising a 12-game win streak – the longest active streak in the FBS – and have won 12 straight true road games. Saturday’s win avenged the loss to Ohio State in Norman last season that was a key part of its College Football Playoff credentials.
This is Oklahoma’s sixth time to earn national team of the week honors, and its first since 2015.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 9 were:
• Georgia (2-0): The Bulldogs’ held Notre Dame to 55 rushing yards and 211 total yards, and came up with a turnover late to seal a 20-19 road win in South Bend. Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 30-yard field goal with 3:34 left for the winning points, bringing Georgia back to tie or take the lead for the fourth time in the game.
• Washington State (2-0): The Cougars rallied from 21 points down in the fourth quarter to force overtime, then scored last on its third extra possession for a 47-44 win in Pullman. Quarterback Tyler Hilinski came off the bench and led the comeback, completing 25-of-33 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner as Jamal Morrow extended over the pylon at the end of a 22-yard reception.
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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 National Teams of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 2: UCLA Bruins
• Weekend of Sept. 9: Oklahoma Sooners