DALLAS (FWAA) Pulling off an upset of the nations
third-ranked team to end the nation's longest home winning
streak earned the Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-2) the
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of
the weekend of Oct. 22.
Seth Doege threw for 441 yards and connected with Alex Torres
on three of his four touchdown passes as the Red Raiders raced
to a 31-7 lead on their way to the 41-38 win in a game that was
delayed by weather at the start for 94 minutes.
39-game home winning streak dated back to 2005 season opener and
its home loss was just the third under Bob Stoops (75-3) in his
13 seasons in Norman.
"We wanted to show everybody what kind of team we really do
have. Were a resilient team," Torres said after the game. "We
have a lot of fight in us. We knew what kind of challenge we
were up against but we knew exactly what we needed to do."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Oct. 22 included:
Michigan State (6-1): Keith Nichol caught a
desperation 44-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins on the
game's final play to give the Spartans a 37-31 home win over
previously undefeated Wisconsin. Nichol, who snagged the
ball off a deflection at the 1-yard line and then fought to
the goal line, was initially ruled down short of the end
zone, but the replay official overturned the call to give
the Spartans the 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
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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