DALLAS (FWAA) – The UCLA Bruins
(2-0) rallied from an 18-point deficit at Nebraska to stun the Huskers,
41-21, and earn Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the
Week honors for games of the weekend of Sept. 14.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College
Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
Brett Hundley passed for 294 yards and threw three touchdown
passes as part of the Bruins' 35-point, 16-minute onslaught that
spanned the second and third quarters. UCLA trailed 21-3 midway
through the second quarter. The 18-point comback is the largest
deficit overcome by a Nebraska opponent since at least 1996, according
The win ended an emotional week for the Bruins after Nick Pasquale
was killed after being struck by a vehicle. The team had attended
his memorial service on Sunday. Saturday, the Bruins wore No. 36
patches on their jerseys in memory of Pasquale. The Huskers wore
No. 36 decals on their helmets, and there was a moment of silence
for Pasquale before the game.
"The first half there was so much emotion, I'm not going to lie,"
Hundley said after the game. "I just had so much emotion going into
the game. There were a lot of things that added up to it. After
the first half, everything slowed down and we got back to playing
football and came out with the win."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 14 included:
Alabama (2-0): The top-ranked Crimson
Tide outlasted No. 6 Texas A&M, 49-42, behind a career-high
334 passing yards and four touchdowns from AJ McCarron. Alabama
overcame an early 14-0 deficit with 28 consecutive points. It
was Alabama's ninth straight road win in SEC play, and 16th
consecutive road win overall.
Colorado (2-0): The Buffaloes stayed busy
despite the postponement of Saturdays game against Fresno State.
At Folsom Field, the team fed residents displaced by the devastating
local floods, which also affected the homes of at least six
UCF (3-0): The Knights bolted out to a
21-7 lead, then held on to topple Penn State on the road, 34-31,
and record the program's first-ever win over a Big Ten team.
UCF is 3-0 for the first time since 1988 after racking up 507
total yards in the game.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the ninth 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 2013 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. 1, 2014, at University of Phoenix
Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will
be played on Dec. 28, 2013, 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.
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
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For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of
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