|DALLAS (FWAA) – With their convincing
45-21 win over Kansas State this past Saturday, the Fresno State Bulldogs
are the FedEx Orange Bowl 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. 11.
Fresno State (2-0) was led by quarterback Paul Pinegar, who threw two
touchdown passes and ran for another as the Bulldogs handed Kansas State
its worst regular-season non-conference loss in 13 years.
Dwayne Wright and Bryson Sumlin each ran for a pair of scores and the
Bulldogs held K-State running back Darren Sproles to just 37 yards rushing
on 11 carries.
"I've been here for 16 years," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "We
never had a football team that just got beat up as badly as we did today."
Other FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Sept. 11 included:
• Notre Dame (1-1): Rallied from a 9-0 halftime deficit to beat
Michigan, 28-20. Freshman Darius Walker ran for 115 yards and two fourth-quarter
touchdowns to spark the Irish.
• Southern Miss (1-0): The Eagles converted four of five Nebraska
turnovers into points and became the first non-conference opponent to
beat Nebraska in Lincoln since 1991.
• Troy (2-0): A week after toppling Marshall, Jason Samples
threw a touchdown pass and caught another as the Trojans, in their fourth
season as a Division I-A program, beat a Big 12 team for the first time
in school history.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season.
This is the first season that the award has been sponsored by the FedEx
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 the FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week through Nov. 29. This
season, FedEx Orange Bowl will match the two top-ranked teams in the final
BCS standings. It will be played at Miami's Pro Player Stadium on Jan. 4,
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 FedEx Orange Bowl National Team of the Week,
go to www.footballwriters.com