DALLAS (FWAA) – The ULM Warhawks
(1-0) rallied from a 28-7 deficit in the third quarter to stun
No. 8 Arkansas in overtime, 34-31, and earn Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
National Team of the Week honors for games of the weekend of
Sept. 8. The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's
"College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
It was the Warhawks' first win over a ranked FBS team in school
history and their first against Arkansas in their 10-game
series. The upset dropped the Razorbacks from the Associated
ULM scored first, but had to spend the rest of the evening in
comeback mode. On fourth-and-10 with 55 seconds remaining,
Kolton Browning found Brent Leonard for a 23-yard touchdown pass
to tie the game at 28. The Warhawks held Arkansas to a field
goal on its first overtime possession before Browning sprinted
16 yads and dove into the end zone to win it. Browning finished
42-of-67 for 412 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
"There were certainly people that doubted us," ULM coach Todd
Berry said. "I had a lot of faith. That doesn't guarantee
anything. But this team has great character."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 8 included:
• Arizona (2-0): Matt Scott and
Ka'Deem Carey accounted for seven combined touchdowns and
the Arizona (2-0) defense forced four critical turnovers to
lift the Wildcats to a 59-38 upset of No. 18 Oklahoma State.
Scott was 28-for-41 through the air with 320 yards and two
touchdowns while also rushing for 55 yards and a score.
Carey finished with 154 total yards and a career-high four
• Oregon State (1-0): In what many
termed the biggest non-conference home game in Oregon State
football history, the Beavers' defense led the way by
containing No. 13 Wisconsin to take a 10-7 victory at Reser
Stadium. The Beavers led 10-0 before Wisconsin scored with
1:31 left, but OSU recovered the onside kick to preserve the
• UCLA (2-0): Johnathan
Franklin rushed for 217 yards and caught an 8-yard touchdown
pass with 2:13 to play for the Bruins, who beat No. 17
Nebraska, 36-30. UCLA improved to 2-0 under new coach Jim
Mora as its defense shut down the Huskers in the fourth
quarter. Brett Hundley passed for 305 yards and four
touchdowns in his Rose Bowl debut.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a
national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the
eighth season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos
Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly
honor. Each remaining Monday during the 2012 college football
regular season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
National Team of the Week. The winner will be announced through
Nov. 26 at 9:30 a.m. ET on the SiriusXM College Sports Nation
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. 3, 2013, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale,
Ariz., and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will be played on Dec.
29, 2012, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
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founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football
for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists,
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