|DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 34-32
win at Michigan, the Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-0)
are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for
games of the weekend of Sept. 1.
Rauch kicked a 24-yard field goal with 26 seconds left and Corey
Lynch blocked a Michigan field goal attempt in the final seconds
as Appalachian State, which led, 31-20, before a late Michigan rally,
pulled off the miraculous upset. It was Appalachian State's 15th
"Someone said it might be one of the big victories in college
football," Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore said after the
game. "It may be the biggest."
The Mountaineers, the two-time defending Division I Championship Subdivision
national champions, became the first team from that division (formerly
Division I-AA) to beat a ranked team from the Bowl Subdivision (formerly
Division I-A). They are also the first team from the FCS to win
the honor in the six-year history of the national team of the week.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 1 included:
• California (1-0): DeSean Jackson returned a punt
77 yards for a score Justin Forsett ran for 158 yards as the
Bears topped Tennessee, 45-31, to avenge a 35-18 defeat from
a year ago.
• Georgia Tech (1-0): Tashard Choice ran for 196 yards
and two scores as the Ramblin' Wreck dismantled Notre Dame on
the road, 33-3.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the third season that the award has been sponsored
by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Select members of the FWAA board of directors decide the weekly
honor. Each Monday during the 2007 college football season, the
FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through
Since 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has hosted six games
that have decided the college football national championship, including
three Bowl Championship Series title games. Last season, the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl presented three post-season games, including the Insight
Bowl and the BCS title game. This season the game will be played
on Jan. 2, 2008 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
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