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. 19, 2005
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
Spartans win overtime thriller at Notre Dame
DALLAS (FWAA) With their 44-41 overtime win over Notre Dame, the Michigan State Spartans 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. 17.

Jason Teague scored on a 19-yard run in the Spartans' first tie-breaking possession after Notre Dame had rallied from a 38-17 deficit to force overtime and took the lead on its initial extra possession with a field goal. The win was Michigan State's fifth straight at Notre Dame. Purdue is the only other school to accomplish that feat.

Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton threw for 327 yards and three scores and ran for another to offset the performance of his counterpart Brady Quinn. Notre Dame's signal-caller threw for 487 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns.

"We wanted to show that this program is back in the right direction," Stanton said. "There's no better way to do that than a rivalry game at Notre Dame."

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 17 included:

Florida (3-0): In coach Urban Meyer's SEC debut, the Gators ended a two-game Florida Field losing streak to Tennessee, 16-7.

Louisville (2-0): Quarterback Brian Brohm threw for 366 yards and five touchdowns in the Cardinals' 63-27 romp over Oregon State.

UC-Davis (1-2): The Division I-AA Aggies rallied from 17-0 down to stun Stanford, 20-17, when Blaise Smith caught a 3-yard touchdown pass with 8 seconds left.

Vanderbilt (3-0): The Commodores are 3-0 for the first time since 1984 and 2-0 in SEC for the first time since 1956 after beating Ole Miss, 31-23

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.

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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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