DALLAS (FWAA) – Completing a perfect regular season with
a dominant win over its closest conference rival earned the Houston
Cougars (12-0) the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of
the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 26.
Keenum threw for 457 yards and five touchdowns – four of them to
Patrick Edwards as part of his 181 receiving yards – as Houston
earned a spot in the Conference USA championship game by beating
Tulsa, 48-16, this past Friday. Edwards broke a school record by
surpassing 100 yards receiving for the 16th time in his career and
also broke the C-USA career record for receiving yardage (4,251).
The Cougars set a school record for wins in a season and matched
records with a 12-game win streak set in 1990 and '91. Ranked sixth
in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, Houston is in line to
earn a bid to a BCS bowl if it defeats Southern Miss in the C-USA
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 26 included:
• LSU (12-0): After facing its largest deficit of
the season of 14 points, the Tigers shrugged their shoulders,
then shredded Arkansas, 41-17, in Baton Rouge. Undefeated in
the regular season for the first time since 1958 (10-0), LSU
improved to 12-0 and won the SEC's Western Division. The win
extended the Tigers' win streak to 13, a streak that includes
eight ranked opponents.
• Michigan (10-2): The Wolverines snapped a seven-game
skid to arch-rival Ohio State with a 40-34 win and in the process
gained a 10-win season for the first time since 2006. Denard
Robinson passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more, while
moving past the 1,000-yard rushing mark as part of his 337 total
yards to lead the Maize and Blue.
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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