DALLAS (FWAA) – The Baylor Bears sent
a shockwave through the college football world this past
Saturday with their 52-24 win over top-ranked Kansas State. The
win, as stunning for its 28-point margin and Baylor's 580 yards
of total offense as for the victory itself, earned the Bears the
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week
honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 17. The announcement came
exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted
by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
The Baylor defense intercepted Collin Klein three times while
Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns, and Lache Seastrunk put
the game away with an 80-yard touchdown run to end the third
quarter. Seastrunk finished with 185 yards. Baylor had not
beaten a team ranked as high as No. 2 since a 13-7 win over No.
2 Tennessee in the 1957 Sugar Bowl.
"All week we believed we were going to beat them, and if we
did we weren't going to be surprised when it happened," said
quarterback Nick Florence, who completed 20 of 32 passes for 238
yards and two touchdowns in the first half as Baylor jumped out
to a 28-7 lead.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 17 included:
• Kent State (10-1): The Golden Flashes
beat Bowling Green 31-24 on the road to clinch the
Mid-American Conference's East Division title, and will play
for a conference championship for the first time since 1972.
Kent State was buoyed by a 241-yard rushing performance by
• Stanford (9-2): The Cardinal defense held
No. 2 Oregon, the nation's leading offense, to two
touchdowns in regulation, and then again in overtime to
steal a 17-14 win on the road. Jordan Williamson's 37-yard
field goal won it for Stanford, which can now win the Pac-12
North Division with a win this week at No. 17 UCLA. The win
snapped Oregon's 13-game win streak, the longest in the
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.
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