DALLAS (FWAA) – Beating its in-state rival for a
fourth consecutive season while also taking control of its
division race enabled the Michigan State Spartans (5-1)
to earn the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week
for games of the weekend of Oct. 15.
Keshawn Martin scored twice in the third quarter, and the
Spartans held off the Wolverines late for a 28-14 win, matching
Michigan State's longest win streak in the series since a
four-game win streak from 1959-62.
which suffered its first loss of the season, had a chance to tie
it with 6:16 left but Denard Robinson was sacked on 4th-and-1 at
the Michigan State 9-yard line. Michigan State then sealed it
when Isaiah Lewis returned an interception 39 yards for a
touchdown with 4:31 left.
"For the rest of our life, we can walk the streets of
Michigan," Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins said after
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Oct. 15 included:
• Clemson (7-0): Tajh Boyd threw four touchdown
passes, freshman Sammy Watkins scored three TDs and Clemson
rallied from an 18-point deficit at Maryland to remain
unbeaten with a 56-45 victory.
• Virginia (4-2): Perry Jones had 149 of
Virginia's 272 rushing yards as the Cavaliers upset Georgia
Tech. Virginia sealed the victory by holding onto the ball
for the final six minutes. Georgia Tech came in with one of
the nation's top offenses, but Virginia held it to a
season-low 296 yards.
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
Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor.
Each remaining Monday during the 2011 college football regular season,
the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the
Founded in 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has hosted seven games
that have decided the college football national championship, including
four Bowl Championship Series title games. This season, the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl will be played on Jan. 2, 2012, at University of Phoenix
Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Insight Bowl will be played
on Dec. 30, 2011, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team
of the Week, go to
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