DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 17-10 win at No. 4 Iowa, the
Northwestern Wildcats (6-4) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 7,
as chosen by the board of the Football Writers Association of
10-0, the Wildcats forced four second-quarter turnovers to ignite
the rally. Corey Wooten sacked Iowa's Rick Stanzi and forced a fumble
that was recovered for a touchdown by Marshall Thomas to put Northwestern
on the board. Stanzi was injured on the play and did not return
to the game.
On Iowa's next possession, a Quentin Davie interception led to
the go-ahead score. Drake Dunsmore caught a 4-yard touchdown pass
to cap the drive and give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish.
The win was Northwestern's third straight in Iowa City and ended
Iowa's 13-game winning streak.
"We fully expected if we could put together 60 minutes of Wildcat
football together in all three phases we'd have an opportunity to
compete," Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the
game. "And, to our young men's credit, we did."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 7 included:
• Navy (7-3): Ricky Dobbs threw a touchdown pass and
ran for another as the Midshipmen upset No. 19 Notre Dame, 23-21,
in South Bend. The win secured a Texas Bowl berth for the Midshipmen.
• Stanford (6-3): Toby Gerhart ran for a school-record
223 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinal stunned No. 7
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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