Sept. 4: Rutgers Sept. 11: Fresno State Sept. 18: Auburn Sept. 25: Navy Oct. 2: Northwestern Oct. 9: Army Oct. 16: Wisconsin Oct. 23: Mississippi State Oct. 30: North Carolina Nov. 6: Notre Dame Nov. 13: Michigan State Nov. 20: Utah Nov. 27: Syracuse
Football Writers Association of America Sept. 20, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Tigers nip LSU in the final minutes

DALLAS (FWAA) With their dramatic 10-9 win over LSU this past Saturday, the Auburn Tigers are the FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week, as selected by the pollsters of the FWAA's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll for games of the weekend of Sept. 18.

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Courtney Taylor caught a 16-yard touchdown pass on third down to cap a 12-play, 59-yard drive with 1:14 left in the game. Then, Auburn (3-0) missed the PAT, but got a second chance after an LSU personal foul. John Vaughn hit his second extra-point try to provide the winning margin.

Quarterback Jason Campbell was 16-for-27 for 170 yards on the day with no interceptions to lead Auburn. Taylor caught five passes for 71 yards in the game.

Other FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 18 included:

Arizona State (3-0): Andrew Walter threw for 428 yards and five touchdowns as the Sun Devils routed Iowa, 44-7, to avenge a 21-2 loss a season ago.

Maine (2-1): The Black Bears, the second Division I-AA team to be nominated this season, stunned Mississippi State, 9-7, in Starkville.

Tennessee (2-0): James Wilhoit booted a 50-yard field goal with six seconds left as the Vols scored 16 fourth-quarter points to beat Florida, 30-28.

West Virginia (3-0): The Mountaineers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 1996 with a 19-16 overtime win over Maryland.

The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the first season that the award has been sponsored by the FedEx Orange Bowl.

The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2004 college football season, the FWAA will name the FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week through Nov. 29. This season, FedEx Orange Bowl will match the two top-ranked teams in the final BCS standings. It will be played at Miami's Pro Player Stadium on Jan. 4, 2005.

The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll will resume this season on Oct. 11. The top-ranked team in the final poll will be awarded the Grantland Rice Trophy as the FWAA's national champion. The FWAA has awarded the trophy each season since 1954. USC is the defending FWAA national champion and is ranked No. 1 in the initial 2004 poll.

For more information on the FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week, go to or

2004 FedEx Orange Bowl National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 4: Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Weekend of Sept. 11: Fresno State Bulldogs
Weekend of Sept. 18: Auburn Tigers
Weekend of Sept. 25: Navy Midshipmen
Weekend of Oct. 2: Northwestern Wildcats
Weekend of Oct. 9: Army Black Knights
Weekend of Oct. 16: Wisconsin Badgers
Weekend of Oct. 23: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Weekend of Oct. 30: North Carolina Tar Heels
Weekend of Nov. 6: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Weekend of Nov. 13: Michigan State Spartans
Weekend of Nov. 20: Utah Utes
Weekend of Nov. 27: Syracuse Orange
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