Boston College picked up one more accolade for its 37-31 upset victory over ninth-ranked Southern California as the Eagles were selected as this week's FWAA National Team of the Week.
DALLAS (FWAA) - The Boston College Eagles dominated No. 9 USC with a ground attack, pounding out 452 rushing yards in a 37-31 win before a packed Alumni Stadium. The Eagles' comeback from an early 17-6 deficit earned them the Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 13.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Houston Nutt.
Quarterback Tyler Murphy ran for a career-high 191 yards on only 13 carries, the last of which went 66 yards into the end zone to put the Eagles ahead, 37-24, with 3:30 left. BC rolled up 506 total yards, the second time it's gone over the 500-yard mark this season. The Eagles (2-1) also held the Trojans to just 20 rushing yards only a week after giving up 303 to Pittsburgh.
"We sacked them. We harassed them. We played relentlessly on defense," Boston College head coach Steve Addazio said after the game. "That's a good football team. This is the first win over a top-10 opponent in 10 years. We played hard. Anybody who was at the game would say that this team just wouldn't back down. We just kept coming and kept playing. I'm most proud of that."
The win snapped a 12-game losing streak against ranked teams dating back to 2008. The last time BC beat a top-10 team was at No. 4 Notre Dame, 14-7, in 2002.
It amazed me the amount of confusion over Boston College's record against ranked teams coming out of this game, but perhaps it started with Addazio's quote here. To be clear, Saturday's win was BC's ...
-- First win over a ranked opponent since 2008 (a 27-17 win over #20 Florida State)
-- First win over a top-10 opponent since 2007 (a 14-10 win over #8 Virginia Tech)
-- First win over a top-10 opponent as an unranked team since 2002 (a 14-7 win over #4 Notre Dame)
BC also defeated 10th ranked West Virginia, 36-17, on November 13, 2004. The Eagles were ranked #21 at the time.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the second time Boston College has been honored. BC was similarly honored during the 2002 season after upsetting #4 Notre Dame, 14-7, in South Bend.