DALLAS (FWAA) – The Texas A&M Aggies met the challenge
of taking on the nation's top-ranked team in its own backyard, and came
away with one of the biggest wins in school history in a 29-24 upset
of No. 1 Alabama. The win reshuffled the national title
picture and earned the Aggies the honor of Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 10. The announcement
came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today,"
hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
The Aggies took their best shots early, running out to a 20-0 lead in
the first quarter on two short Christine Michael touchdown runs and a Johnny
Manziel touchdown pass to Ryan Swope. Alabama came back to
get within 20-17, but never caught up with the elusive Manziel. A Taylor Bertolet field goal and touchdown pass
from Manziel to Malcome Kennedy extended the lead to 29-17 in the
But Alabama, which shared the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team
of the Week honor last week following its dramatic last-minute
win at LSU, nearly pulled it off again. AJ McCarron threw a touchdown
pass with 2:28 left and moved the ball downfield again on the
next drive before Deshazor Everett intercepted a fourth-down
pass at the goal line with 1:36 left, ending Alabama's 13-game win
"This is one of those meaningful experiences where when
you reflect back on your college career, you say 'We did something
great,'" Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore said.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 10 included:
• Syracuse (5-5): The Orange knocked No.
11 Louisville from the short list of unbeaten teams with a convincing
45-26 home win. Syracuse had a balanced offensive attack, generating
278 yards rushing and 246 passing as Ryan Nassib became the
Big East's career completions leader. The Orange defense held
the Cardinals to 48 yards rushing.
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
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