DALLAS (FWAA) – The Georgia Bulldogs
(3-1) stayed perfect in the Southeastern
Conference with a thrilling 44-41 win over No. 6 LSU, marking the first
time that Georgia has posted two wins over Top 10 teams at
home in the same season (the other came against then-No. 6 South
Carolina). In winning their 15th consecutive home game, the Bulldogs
earned the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week
honor for games of the weekend of Sept. 28.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College
Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
Aaron Murray was 7-for-7 through the air for 95 yards and threw
touchdowns to close each of Georgia's first two drives and ended with
298 yards and four touchdown passes. The Georgia defense came up with
four sacks from four different players, and Josh Harvey-Clemons
led the team with 16 tackles, including five solo stops.
"In the moment of truth, we took care of business. That had to
be fun for America to watch and for our fans to watch," Georgia
head coach Mark Richt said. "You don't get many opportunities like that
and have it come out the way it did. It's been an emotional day
for me, for the players and coaches, for the fans. We knew it would
take everything we had in this game."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 28 included:
• East Carolina (3-1): The Pirates went
to Chapel Hill and beat in-state rival North Carolina for the
first time since 1975, 55-31. Vintavious Cooper was the catalyst,
registering career highs of 186 rushing and 70 receiving yards.
Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes and ran for three
• Northern Illinois (4-0): The Huskies knocked off a second Big Ten team this season, blasting Purdue
55-24 on the road. It's the first time a Mid-American Conference
school has pulled off that feat. NIU had five takeaways, including
four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Jordan Lynch completed 14 of his first 15 passes en route to
a three-touchdown night.
• West Virginia (3-2): The Moutaineers held
No. 11 Oklahoma State in check in a 30-21 win to open their
Big 12 schedule. One week after being shut out against
Maryland, WVU found its offense to roll up 388 total yards,
and scored 17 unanswered points in the first half to take a
24-14 lead into the half.
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
more information about the FWAA and its award programs, contact Steve Richardson
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-713-6198.
For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of
the Week, go to footballwriters.com or fiestabowl.org.
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