DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 19-14 win over Michigan State this past
Saturday, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are the 2004 season's first
FWAA National Team of the Week, as selected by the pollsters of the
FWAA's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll for games of the weekend of Sept.
|Brian Leonard of Rutgers
Rutgers (1-0) used four field goals from true freshman Jeremy Ito to
record the upset of the Spartans in front of a record home crowd of 42,612.
Defensive end Ryan Neill scored the Scarlet Knights' only touchdown of
the game on a 31-yard interception return in the third quarter and Rutgers
recovered a fumble at its own 25-yard line late in the game to preserve
the win. Running back Brian Leonard gained 150 yards on 25 carries and also
caught six passes for 40 yards in the win for the Scarlet Knights.
Other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 4 included:
• California: Scored 35 unanswered second-half points to rout
Air Force, 56-14, in Colorado Springs
• Florida Atlantic: Scored in the final minute and then went
on to defeat Hawaii, 35-28, in overtime
• Fresno State: Scored three defensive touchdowns en route to
defeating Washington, 35-16, in Seattle
• Mississippi State: Pulled away to defeat Tulane, 28-7, in
Sylvester Croom's head-coaching debut
• Oregon State: Battled defending BCS national champion LSU,
before losing in overtime, 22-21, in Baton Rouge
• Utah: Opened up a 27-0 lead before finishing with a 41-21
win over Texas A&M
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season.
The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the weekly honor.
Each Monday during the 2004 college football season, the FWAA will name
a national team of the week through Nov. 29.
The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll will resume this season on Oct. 11.
The top-ranked team in the final poll will be awarded the Grantland Rice
Trophy as the FWAA's national champion. The FWAA has awarded the trophy
each season since 1954. USC is the defending FWAA national champion and
is ranked No. 1 in the initial 2004 poll.
For more information on the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll and the Grantland
Rice Trophy, go to