DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 14-13 win over 13th-ranked
Auburn, the Vanderbilt Commodores (5-0) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 4.
Adams threw a pair of touchdown passes as the Commodores
improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1943. The Vanderbilt
defense limited Auburn to just 208 yards and registered five
sacks by five different players.
Vanderbilt's 3-0 start in SEC play is the school's best since
1950. The win over Auburn snapped a 13-game losing streak to the
Tigers that dated back to the 1955 Gator Bowl. Coming in ranked
No. 19, the Commodores also produced their first win as a ranked
team since 1956.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Oct. 4 included:
• Army (1-4): Collin Mooney ran for 187 yards and
four touchdowns to help the Black Knights end a 10-game
losing streak with a 44-13 win at Tulane.
• North Carolina (4-1): Converted safety Shawn
Draughn ran for 109 yards and a score as the Tar Heels
recorded their first win over a ranked non-conference
opponent since 1997 with their 38-12 win over No. 24
• Pittsburgh (4-1): LeSean McCoy ran for 142 yards
and two touchdowns as the Panthers upset 10th-ranked South
Florida, 26-21, in Tampa.
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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