DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 58-41 win over Houston,
the UTEP Miners (2-3) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 3.
Buckram ran for 262 yards and four touchdowns as the Miners
knocked off the 12th-ranked team in the country. Buckram's
rushing total was the second-highest in school history and the
most since 1948. He is just the eighth UTEP player to rush for
200 yards in a game.
The win was UTEP's first over a ranked team since beating BYU on
Nov. 1, 1997 and ended an 11-game losing streak to ranked foes.
The No. 12 Cougars were the second-highest ranked opponent ever
to fall to UTEP. The Miners beat 7th-ranked BYU back in 1985.
"It was a blast," UTEP head coach Mike Price said after
the game. "We haven't had enough fun. It was long, it was
tiring, and it was fun."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Oct. 3 included:
• Miami (3-1): Jacory Harris threw three touchdown
passes and Javarris James ran for 150 yards to lead the
Hurricanes past Oklahoma, 21-20.
• Michigan State (2-3): Larry Caper's 23-yard
touchdown run in overtime gave Michigan State a 26-20 win
over Michigan, marking the first time since 1967 the
Spartans have won two straight vs. the Wolverines.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the sixth 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 2009 college football
season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the
Week through Dec. 7.
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. 4, 2010 at University of
Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Insight Bowl will be
played on Dec. 31, 2009 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
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