DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 27-24 win over Purdue, the
Indiana Hoosiers (7-5) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 17.
Starr nailed a 49-yard field goal with 30 seconds left as the Hoosiers
won the Old Oaken Bucket for just the second time in 11 seasons.
With the win, the Hoosiers are eligible for a bowl berth for
the first time since 1993. Indiana was led by Marcus Thigpen, who
ran for a career-high 140 yards in front of Indiana's first home
sellout of the season. Among those in attendance was Jane Hoeppner,
the wife of late Indiana coach Terry Hoeppner, who passed away before
"Well, that was a great win for our kids," said head coach Bill
Lynch. "That's a happy locker room in there right now and it's really
fun to see those kids that way. You don't don't get that opportunity
very often to see a locker room with kids in there crying because
they are so doggone happy. That's a neat feeling."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 17 included:
• Louisiana-Monroe (5-6): The Warhawks forced four
turnovers in upsetting Alabama, 21-14, for their first win over
an SEC team since 1995.
• Western Michigan (4-7): Tim Hiller threw for 367
yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos stunned Iowa, 28-19,
in Iowa City.
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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