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FWAA Names Penn State Team of the Week

The Football Writers Association of America honors the Nittany Lions after their comeback victory over the heavily favored and second-ranked Buckeyes.

Penn State has been named the Football Writers Association of America's Team of the Week for pulling off the 24-21 White Out upset of No. 2 Ohio State at Beaver Stadium Saturday night. The Nittany Lions are the first Big Ten team to receive the honor from FWAA this season.

Penn State entered the game as nearly a three-touchdown underdog, but rallied from a two-TD deficit to hand the Buckeyes their first loss of the season and first defeat after 20 straight road wins. Following the victory, PSU cracked the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since late in the 2011 season. http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1719381-psu-fans-now-get-s...

It marked the first win over a ranked team in the Nittany Lions' two-plus seasons under head coach James Franklin, as Penn State is emerging from harsh NCAA sanctions stemming from the Sandusky scandal.

Over the past 15 years the FWAA has given this honor to the nation's outstanding team each week as selected by committee. Since the award's inception in 2002, the Nittany Lions have received the honor four times, and three of them were for beating the rival Buckeyes.

• 2005 for defeating No. 6 Ohio State 17-10

• 2008 for defeating No, 9 Ohio State 13-6

• 2012 for defeating Wisconsin 24-21

• 2016 for defeating No. 2 Ohio State 24-21


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