NEW ORLEANS (FWAA) – Following their 38-24 win over Ohio
State in the BCS Championship Game, the LSU Tigers (12-2)
were presented the 2007 Grantland Rice Trophy.
|FWAA president Ron Higgins presents
the Grantland Rice Trophy to LSU coach Les Miles.
Matt Flynn threw four touchdown passes as LSU reeled off 31 straight
points after falling behind 10-0 in the game. The win culminated
a season in which the Tigers lost two games – both in overtime –
before finishing strong by winning the Southeastern Conference championship
and now the BCS title game.
The Grantland Rice Trophy has been presented by the Football
Writers Association of America to college football's national champion since 1954.
Named for the legendary sportswriter, the Grantland
Rice Trophy was the first national championship award to be presented
after college football postseason.
This the first time LSU has been
awarded the FWAA national championship trophy and the second straight
season a team from the SEC has earned the award.
The winner of the 2007 trophy was voted on by a panel of FWAA board
members, past presidents and national beat writers from the association
In the previous five seasons, a poll of the nation's top 16 teams
had decided the FWAA national champion.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of nearly 1,000 men and women across North
America who cover college football for a living. The membership
includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key
executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include game day operations, major awards,
a national poll and its annual All-America team.
For more information on the Grantland Rice Trophy, contact FWAA
executive director Steve Richardson (972-713-6198 or
• All-time Grantland
Rice Trophy winners