DALLAS (FWAA) – A fourth consecutive win over USC –
and a statement that it can survive just fine without Andrew Luck –
earned the Stanford Cardinal the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week honors for games
of the weekend of Sept. 15. The announcement came exclusively on
SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted by Mark
Packer and Eddie George.
Stanford (3-0) beat second-ranked USC, 21-14, with a defense that allowed only
two first downs after the Cardinal scored the go-ahead touchdown
with 10:20 remaining. The Cardinal had four sacks and five tackles
for loss while holding the Trojans to 26 rushing yards. It marked
the sixth consecutive game that Stanford has held opponents under
100 yards rushing.
The sellout crowd of 50,360 stormed the field as Stanford won
its fourth straight over USC for the first time in a series that
dates back to 1905.
"The difference in the game was the defense," Stanford
quarterback Josh Nunes said. "They did it all night."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 15 included:
• Notre Dame (3-0): Everett Golson threw a
touchdown pass and ran for a score in the first half to lead
the Fighing Irish over Michigan State, 20-3, in East Lansing.
Notre Dame, off to its best start since 2002, snapped a six-game
losing streak against ranked teams and beat a top-10 opponent
for the first time in seven years. The Spartans had won 15 straight
• Western Kentucky (2-1): Antonio Andrews had
a career night with 125 rushing yards and three touchdowns and
his throw-back pass to quarterback Kawaun Jakes on a two-point
conversion in overtime provided the margin of victory as WKU
won at Kentucky, 32-31. It was WKU's first win in four tries
in the intrastate battle.
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 Fiesta Bowl.
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 channel.
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.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
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,
as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works
to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America
team. For more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve
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