DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 34-10 win over Clemson in Atlanta,
the Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0) is the Tostitos Fiesta
Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Aug.
Alabama defense held Clemson to just 188 yards of total offense
and 11 first downs. Clemson finished the game with no rushing yards.
John Parker Wilson completed 22-of-30 passes for 180 yards and
two scores and Mark Ingram and Glen Coffee combined for 186 yards
rushing. Leigh Tiffin also booted four field goals for the Crimson
For Alabama, it was the Tide's 12th straight win over Clemson
and its seventh straight to open a season.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Aug. 30 included:
• East Carolina (1-0): T.J. Lee blocked a punt and
returned it 24 yards for a touchdown with 1:52 left in the game
to give the Pirates a 27-22 win over Virginia Tech.
• UCLA (1-0): Kai Forbath's 42-yard field goal in
overtime gave coach Rick Neuheisel a 27-24 win over Tennessee
in his coaching debut for the Bruins.
• Utah (1-0): Brian Johnson threw for 305 yards and
Louie Sakoda kicked four field goals as the Utes beat Michigan,
25-23, in front of 108,421 in Ann Arbor.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the fifth season that the award has been sponsored
by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Members of the FWAA board of directors and All-America committee
decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2008 college football
season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the
Week through Dec. 1.
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. This season the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl game will be played on Jan. 5, 2009 at University of
Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Insight Bowl will be
played on Dec. 31, 2008 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
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