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 Nov. 15, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted Gangi
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Wildcats earn honor again by upsetting Iowa
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NORTHWESTERN IS TOSTITOS FIESTA
BOWL NATIONAL TEAM OF THE WEEK

DALLAS (FWAA) With their 21-17 win over No. 13 Iowa, the Northwestern Wildcats (7-3) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 13.

The Wildcats rallied from a 17-7 deficit behind Dan Persa's two fourth-quarter touchdown passes that ended scoring drives of 85 and 91 yards. On the day, Persa was 32-for-43 for a career-high 318 yards. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Fields with 1:22 remaining completed the comeback. On the play, however, he ruptured his Achilles tendon, which will sideline him for the rest of the season.

Northwestern has now claimed National Team of the Week honors for the second straight year with an upset of Iowa.

"When it's a one-score game, we feel like we're going to win all those games," Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "The guys are saying 'Cat Time.' It's just an attitude about our program in close games, we find a way to win."

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Nov. 13 included:

Auburn (11-0): Cam Newton passed for 148 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 151 yards and another pair of scores as Auburn rallied from a 21-7 first-quarter deficit to defeat Georgia, 49-31, and win the SEC West title.

Oklahoma State (9-1): Brandon Weeden passed for 409 yards and Kendall Hunter had two rushing touchdowns as Oklahoma State ended a 12-year losing streak to Texas with a 33-16 victory in Austin.

South Carolina (7-3): Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns as the Gamecocks blasted Florida, 36-14, to win their first SEC Eastern Division crown.

Washington State (2-9): Jeff Tuel passed for 157 yards and rushed for 79 as Washington State snapped a 16-game Pac-10 losing streak with a 31-14 win at Oregon State.

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