DALLAS (FWAA) With their 38-7 win at No. 16 BYU, the TCU Horned Frogs (7-0) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 24, as chosen by the board of the Football Writers Association of America.
Andy Dalton threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns as TCU raced to a 21-0 lead and the Horned Frog defense registered five sacks as TCU won its ninth straight game.
The win vaulted TCU to No. 6 in the BCS rankings and improved the Frogs to a remarkable 58-1 under coach Gary Patterson when allowing 17 or fewer points.
"I don't think anyone would have predicted this," Patterson said after the game. "And that's why I told the players to enjoy the moment."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 24 included:
Clemson (4-3): Kyle Parker threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Ford in overtime as the Tigers stunned Miami, 40-37.
Iowa State (5-3): The Cyclones forced eight Nebraska turnovers defeating the Huskers, 9-7, for their first win in Lincoln since 1977.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the sixth season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Members of the FWAA board of directors and All-America committee decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2009 college football season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through Dec. 7.
Since 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has hosted six games that have decided the college football national championship, including three Bowl Championship Series title games. This season the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game will be played on Jan. 4, 2010 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Insight Bowl will be played on Dec. 31, 2009 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.