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 Oct. 4, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
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Wildcats end 33-year drought vs. Ohio State
NORTHWESTERN IS FEDEX ORANGE
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) With their 33-27 overtime win over Ohio State, the Northwestern Wildcats 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 Oct. 2.

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The win ended a 24-game overall losing streak to the Buckeyes covering 33 years and marked Northwestern's first win over Ohio State in Evanston since 1958. The 33 points also are the most the Wildcats have ever scored in the series. The two Big Ten schools have played 70 times.

Northwestern running back Noah Herron No. 33 scored his third touchdown of the game on his 33rd carry, a one-yard plunge in overtime, to provide the margin of victory. The Wildcats (2-3) held off an Ohio State team that rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force the tie-breaker.

Other FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 2 included:

Auburn (5-0): The Tigers, the team of the week just two weeks ago, beat Tennessee, 34-10, to register their first win in Knoxville since 1983.

Purdue (4-0): The Boilermakers hammered Notre Dame, 41-16, for their first win in South Bend since 1974, a span of 13 games.

San Jose State (2-2): The Spartans rallied from a 27-point deficit to beat Rice, 70-63, in the highest-scoring game completed in regulation in major college football history.

Virginia Tech (3-2): The Hokies rebounded to upset previously unbeaten West Virginia, 19-13, without scoring an offensive touchdown.

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 www.footballwriters.com or www.orangebowl.org.

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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