DALLAS (FWAA) – The Stanford Cardinal
won their first big test of the season, rolling up a 29-0 halftime
lead on Arizona State and holding on for a 42-28 win. The win in
a key Pac-12 matchup of ranked teams earned the Cardinal the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend
of Sept. 21.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College
Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
Stanford (3-0) dominated for much of the game, charging out to
the big lead with the help of two blocked punts, three sacks, 10
tackles for loss and two takeaways. The Cardinal outrushed the Sun
Devils 240-50 through three quarters, and led 39-7 before yielding
21 unanswered points.
"We took it to them in the first half; they took it back to us
in the second half, and that's what we're going to have in our conference,"
Stanford head coach David Shaw said. "If you have a team down, you
better keep going because the team's going to come back. We knew
they were going to come back. We just had to make sure we scored
more and stopped them at some point in the fourth quarter."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 21 included:
• Fresno State (3-0): The Bulldogs ended
a seven-game losing streak to Boise State with a come-from-behind
41-40 win behind Derek Carr's 460 yards and four touchdowns
through the air. In front of their first sellout crowd since
2008, Fresno State rolled up 522 total yards and scored 40 or
more points for the eighth time in its last nine games. The
Bulldogs are 3-0 for the first time since 2004.
• Rutgers (3-1): A 58-yard punt return for
a touchdown near the end of the third quarter sparked the Scarlet
Knights to a 21-point rally and a 28-24 win over previously-unbeaten
Arkansas. Gary Nova hit Leonte Carroo with two fourth-quarter
touchdowns, the second becoming the game-winner with 5:18 to
play. The Rutgers defense held Arkansas potent ground game that
had been averaging 294 yards per game to 101 on the day.
• UTSA (2-2): The Roadrunners won their
inaugural Conference USA game, 32-13, at UTEP by rushing for
a season-high 181 yards as part of a 385-total-yard output.
UTSA held the Miners without an offensive touchdown, and contained
UTEP's 286-yard-per-game rushing attack coming in to 99 yards.
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
the Week, go to footballwriters.com or fiestabowl.org.
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