Sept. 4: Boise State Broncos Sept. 11: Oklahoma Sooners Sept. 18: Arizona Wildcats Sept. 25: UCLA Bruins Oct. 2: Michigan State Spartans Oct. 9: South Carolina Gamecocks Oct. 16: Wisconsin Badgers Oct. 23: Missouri Tigers Oct. 30: Iowa Hawkeyes Nov. 6: TCU Horned Frogs Nov. 13: Northwestern Wildcats Nov. 20: Texas A&M Aggies Nov. 27: Nevada Wolf Pack
Football Writers Association of America Sept. 20, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
214-909-9314
Wildcats jump on Iowa early, then rally late
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ARIZONA IS TOSTITOS FIESTA
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) With their 34-27 win over No. 9 Iowa, the Arizona Wildcats (3-0) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 18.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead with help from a blocked punt, an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown by Trevin Wade and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score by Travis Cobb.

After Iowa rallied in the second half to tie the score at 27, Nick Foles capped a 72-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to William Wright with just under four minutes to play. On the night, Foles was 28-for-39 with a pair of touchdown passes.

"This win was great in a lot of different ways," Arizona head coach Mike Stoops said after the game. "We got to see the character of the players develop before our eyes. I'm really proud that everyone managed to compete, and when they were challenged, they challenged right back."

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 18 included:

Nebraska (3-0): The Huskers hammered Washington, 56-21, in Seattle with 533 yards of total offense, including 383 on the ground. Three Nebraska players ran for over 100 yards, led by quarterback Taylor Martinez (137 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries).

Temple (3-0): In Philadelphia, the Owls upset Connecticut, 30-16, to open the season 3-0 for the first time since 1979. Bernard Pierce ran for 169 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Owls set a school record with their eighth straight home win.

The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the seventh season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during the 2010 college football regular season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.

Founded in 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 will host the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 10, 2011 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be played on Jan. 1, 2011 in Glendale and the Insight Bowl will be played on Dec. 28, 2010 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, go to footballwriters.com or fiestabowl.org.

2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Teams of the Week
Weekend of Sept. 4: Boise State Broncos
Weekend of Sept. 11: Oklahoma Sooners
Weekend of Sept. 18: Arizona Wildcats
Weekend of Sept. 25: UCLA Bruins
Weekend of Oct. 2: Michigan State Spartans
Weekend of Oct. 9: South Carolina Gamecocks
Weekend of Oct. 16: Wisconsin Badgers
Weekend of Oct. 23: Missouri Tigers
Weekend of Oct. 30: Iowa Hawkeyes
Weekend of Nov. 6: TCU Horned Frogs
Weekend of Nov. 13: Northwestern Wildcats
Weekend of Nov. 20: Texas A&M Aggies
Weekend of Nov. 27: Nevada Wolf Pack

2010 FWAA ALL-AMERICA COMMITTEE
Desmond Conner Hartford Courant Big East
Robert Gagliardi Wyoming Tribune-Eagle Mountain West
Cory Giger Altoona Mirror Big Ten
Kate Hairopoulos The Dallas Morning News Conference USA
Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post ACC
Ted Miller espn.com Pacific-10
Brian Murphy Idaho Statesman WAC
Joshua Parrott Lafayette Daily Advertiser Sun Belt
Randy Rosetta Baton Rouge Advocate SEC
John Sahly DeKalb Daily Chronicle MAC
Phil Steele Phil Steele Publications Independents
Jake Trotter The Oklahoman Big 12