DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 55-21 win at No. 9 USC, the
Stanford Cardinal (7-3) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 14, as chosen
by the board of the Football Writers Association of America.
Gerhart ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns and Andrew Luck threw
two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Cardinal won for
the second straight time in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The loss was USC's worst since a 51-0 defeat to Notre Dame in
1966. USC is now 47-2 at home since Nov. 2001, with both losses
coming to Stanford.
"We were just consistent," Luck said after the game. "Starting
fast in both halves really helped us. Once we got rolling, we kept
doing good things."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 14 included:
• TCU (10-0): In front of a school-record crowd of
50,307, the Horned Frogs extended their winning streak to 12
games with a 55-28 thrashing of Utah. TCU has now won 22 of
its last 23 games.
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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