DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 24-3 win over 8th-ranked West
Virginia, the East Carolina Pirates (2-0) are the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend
of Sept. 6.
Pinkney completed 22-of-28 passes for 236 yards and a score and
Jonathan Williams had two short touchdown runs as the Pirates won
their third straight game vs. a ranked opponent.
East Carolina closed the 2007 season by beating then-No. 22 Boise
State in the Hawaii Bowl and opened the 2008 campaign with a 27-22
win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech last week.
Entering Saturday's game, East Carolina had lost seven straight
to West Virginia and had won just twice in 19 tries in the series.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 6 included:
• Middle Tennessee (1-1): Joe Craddock threw for 256
yards and two touchdowns as the Blue Raiders defeated Maryland,
24-14, to register their first-ever win over an ACC team.
• Vanderbilt (2-0): The Commodores upset South Carolina
for the second straight season, 24-17, marking their first home
win over a ranked team since 1992.
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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