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 Oct. 25, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
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Tigers turn it on late in upset of Oklahoma
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MISSOURI IS TOSTITOS FIESTA
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) With their 36-27 win over No. 3 Oklahoma, the Missouri Tigers (7-0) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 23.

Trailing 21-20 early in the fourth quarter, Blaine Gabbert hit Jarrell Jackson for a 38-yard touchdown pass that sparked 16 straight points and rallied the Tigers. Gabbert finished the night completing 30-of-42 passes for 308 yards, while Jackson caught nine passes for 139 yards. The Mizzou defense forced three Oklahoma turnovers.

The win snapped a 7-game losing streak vs. Oklahoma and was just Missouri's second over the Sooners in their last 21 meetings. Missouri is 7-0 for the first time since 1960 when it finished 11-0 after beating Navy in the Orange Bowl.

"It's huge, it's gigantic," said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel, who had been 0-6 against the Sooners. "It's a long time coming. I'm just real proud of our team."

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 23 included:

Iowa State (4-4): The Cyclones stunned No. 22 Texas, 28-21, in Austin to record their first road win over a ranked opponent since 1990. Iowa State forced four turnovers and Alexander Robinson ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Western Kentucky (1-6): Sparked by two defensive touchdowns, the Hilltoppers ended a 26-game losing streak with a 54-21 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

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