|DALLAS (FWAA) – With their
win at Auburn, the USF Bulls (2-0)
are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for
games of the weekend of Sept. 8.
Hester Jr. caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Matt Grothe in
the extra session to finish off the upset as the Bulls improved
to 6-0 all-time in overtime games. The win was also the first
for USF over an SEC opponent.
"I am proud of the battling we did," head coach Jim Leavitt
said after the game. "It was a big win for us."
Grothe completed 18-of-27 passes for 184 yards and Delbert
Alvarado twice tied the game with fourth-quarter field goals,
including an 18-yarder with 55 seconds left in regulation.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 8 included:
• South Carolina (2-0): The Gamecock defense held
Georgia to 213 yards and Ryan Succop booted three field
goals as South Carolina upset Georgia, 16-12, in Athens.
• Washington (2-0): Jake Locker threw for a
touchdown and ran for another as the Huskies beat Boise
State, 24-10, to end the nation's longest winning streak at
14. Washington is 2-0 for the first time in six years.
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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