Sept. 3: TCU Sept. 10: LSU Sept. 17: Michigan State Sept. 24: South Florida Oct. 1: Alabama Oct. 8: Penn State Oct. 15: USC Oct. 22: Northwestern Oct. 29: South Carolina Nov. 5: Miami Nov. 12: South Carolina Nov. 19: Georgia Tech Nov. 26: Nevada
Football Writers Association of America Sept. 12, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Tigers leave home, top Arizona State with late heroics
DALLAS (FWAA) With their 35-31 win over Arizona State, the LSU Tigers are the Tostitos Fiesta 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. 10.

The Tigers scored 28 fourth-quarter points to rally from a 17-7 deficit and won the game on a 39-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell to Early Doucet with 1:13 remaining. This was all one week after having their season-opener postponed and then having to move this game from its scheduled site in Baton Rouge to Tempe, Ariz., in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The LSU rally was spurred by a pair of special teams touchdowns. Mario Stevenson returned a blocked field goal 55 yards for one score and Craig Steltz followed 80 seconds later, returning a blocked punt 29 yards to give LSU its first lead, 21-17, with 13:27 left in the game.

"The players did a great job in this game," said first-year head coach Les Miles after his LSU debut. "I felt like they could not come away without victory, would not be denied. They had great courage and no matter what obstacles were presented to them, they were going to find a way to win."

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 10 included:

Iowa State (2-0): In Ames, the Cyclones forced five turnovers in humbling their in-state rival Iowa, 23-3.

Notre Dame (2-0): Brady Quinn threw two first-half touchdown passes as the Fighting Irish beat Michigan, 17-10, to win for the second straight week on the road under new coach Charlie Weis.

Ohio (1-1): Dion Byrum returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns including an 85-yarder in overtime as the Bobcats stunned Pittsburgh, 16-10.

SMU (1-1): The Mustangs ended a six-game losing streak to arch-rival TCU, 21-10. It was SMU's first win over a ranked team since the 1986 season.

Texas (2-0): Vince Young threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Limas Sweed with 2:37 left to rally the Longhorns past Ohio State, 25-22, in front of 105,565 fans in Columbus.

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 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2005 college football season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through Nov. 28.

The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll will resume this season on Oct. 10. 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 two-time defending FWAA national champion and is ranked No. 1 in the initial 2005 poll.

Since 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Tempe, Ariz., have hosted five games that have decided the college football national championship, including two Bowl Championship Series title games. The 2006 game will be played on Jan. 2 and will be the final game played at Sun Devil Stadium. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, along with the BCS Championship Game, will move to the new Multi-Purpose Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., beginning in 2007.

For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, go to or

2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 3: TCU Horned Frogs
Weekend of Sept. 10: LSU Tigers
Weekend of Sept. 17: Michigan State Spartans
Weekend of Sept. 24: South Florida Bulls
Weekend of Oct. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide
Weekend of Oct. 8: Penn State Nittany Lions
Weekend of Oct. 15: USC Trojans
Weekend of Oct. 22: Northwestern Wildcats
Weekend of Oct. 29: South Carolina Gamecocks
Weekend of Nov. 5: Miami Hurricanes
Weekend of Nov. 12: South Carolina Gamecocks
Weekend of Nov. 19: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Weekend of Nov. 26: Nevada Wolf Pack
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