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. 18, 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
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Comeback at Purdue gives Badgers 7-0 mark
WISCONSIN IS FEDEX ORANGE
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) With their 20-17 win over Purdue, the Wisconsin Badgers 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. 16.

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Scott Starks returned a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 remaining to cap the comeback win in West Lafayette and give the Badgers just their second 7-0 record since 1912. Wisconsin had trailed, 17-7, with 8:32 left in the game.

"I've been in this racket for a long time," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said. "And I've never been part of a game like this."

The Badgers are the second Big Ten team in three weeks to earn the weekly national honor. Northwestern, after upsetting Ohio State, was the FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week two weeks ago.

Other FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 16 included:

Florida State (5-1): Lorenzo Booker rushed for a career-high 123 yards and two touchdowns the Seminoles won for the fifth straight time.

Michigan State (4-3): The Spartans piled up 636 yards of total offense, including a school-record 410 from quarterback Drew Stanton, in a 51-17 rout of Minnesota.

Texas A&M (5-1): Reggie McNeal threw for 288 yards and ran for another 98, accounting for four touchdowns as the Aggies moved to 3-0 in Big 12 play with a 36-20 upset win at Oklahoma State.

USC (6-0): The Trojans won their 15th straight game as Matt Leinart threw four touchdown passes in a 45-7 dismantling of Arizona State at the Coliseum.

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 has resumed this season and will be released each Monday. 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.

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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