Aug. 30: Alabama Crimson Tide Sept. 6: East Carolina Pirates Sept. 13: USC Trojans Sept. 20: Boise State Broncos Sept. 27: Oregon State Beavers Oct. 4: Vanderbilt Commodores Oct. 13: Oklahoma State Cowboys and Texas Longhorns Oct. 18: TCU Horned Frogs Oct. 25: Penn State Nittany Lions Nov. 1: Texas Tech Red Raiders Nov. 8: Iowa Hawkeyes Nov. 15: Houston Cougars Nov. 22: Oklahoma Sooners
Football Writers Association of America Sept. 2, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
214-909-9314
Crimson Tide defense stifles Clemson
ALABAMA IS TOSTITOS FIESTA
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

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. 30.

The 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 Tide.

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.

For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, go to www.footballwriters.com or www.fiestabowl.org.

2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Aug. 30: Alabama Crimson Tide
Weekend of Sept. 6: East Carolina Pirates
Weekend of Sept. 13: USC Trojans
Weekend of Sept. 20: Boise State Broncos
Weekend of Sept. 27: Oregon State Beavers
Weekend of Oct. 4: Vanderbilt Commodores
Weekend of Oct. 11: Oklahoma State/Texas
Weekend of Oct. 18: TCU Horned Frogs
Weekend of Oct. 25: Penn State Nittany Lions
Weekend of Nov. 1: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Weekend of Nov. 8: Iowa Hawkeyes
Weekend of Nov. 15: Houston Cougars
Weekend of Nov. 22: Oklahoma Sooners
Weekend of Nov. 29: Kansas Jayhawks