DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 28-25 win over Louisville, the
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (9-0) 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 Nov. 11.
Ito hit a 28-yard field goal with 13 seconds left to cap an
18-point comeback as the Scarlet Knights took over sole
possession of first place in the Big East and put themselves in
contention for a BCS bowl berth.
Louisville, last week's national team of the week, raced out
to a 25-7 lead in the second quarter, but a pair of Ray Rice
touchdown runs brought Rutgers back into the game. Rice had 132
yards rushing on the night, including 76 in the fourth quarter.
"It was a little scary at the end with the mob scene,"
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said after the game. "But it was fun.
This is the way college football is supposed to be."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 11 included:
• Kansas State (7-4): The Wildcats scored three
touchdowns in a 3:06 span of the third quarter and held on
to upset Texas, 45-42, and guarantee their first winning
season since 2003.
• Rice (5-5): Jarrett Dillard caught s 25-yard
pass in overtime as the Owls upset Tulsa, 41-38, to win for
the fourth time in five games.
• Wake Forest (9-1): The Demon Deacons set a
school record with their ninth win, a 30-0 victory at
Florida State. It was the first time the Seminoles had ever
been shut out in 31 seasons under Bobby Bowden.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the second 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 2006 college football season,
the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through
The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, released each
Tuesday, has resumed this season. 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. Texas is
the defending FWAA national champion and Ohio State is ranked No.
1 in the most current 2006 poll.
Since 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has hosted five games
that have decided the college football national championship, including
two Bowl Championship Series title games. The 2007 game will be
played on Jan. 1. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, along with the new Tostitos
BCS Championship Game, moves to the new Cardinals Stadium in Glendale,
Ariz., and will be played on Jan. 8.
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