DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 13-6 win at 9th-ranked
Ohio State, the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-0) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 25.
quarterback Pat Devlin came off the bench and led the Nittany
Lions to 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. His
one-yard run capped off a 38-yard drive that gave Penn State the
lead for good.
Penn State had not won in Columbus since joining the Big Ten and
the win was their first at Ohio State since 1978. It came in
front of a record crowd of 105,711.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Oct. 25 included:
• Minnesota (7-1): The Golden Gophers forced four
turnovers and recorded five sacks in a 17-6 win at Purdue,
their first win in West Lafayette since 1990.
• Rutgers (3-5): Mike Teel threw a school-record
six touchdown passes in a 54-34 rout at Pittsburgh.
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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