DALLAS (FWAA) With their 17-10 win over Ohio State, the Penn
State Nittany Lions are the Tostitos Fiesta 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 Oct. 8.
Penn State (6-0) scored two touchdowns in a 2:25 span of the second quarter
and held off Ohio State to win its eighth consecutive game, dating back
to last season. The Nittany Lions have the nations third longest winning
streak behind USC (27) and Texas (12).
The Nittany Lions held Ohio State to 230 total yards and forced two turnovers
in front of a rain-soaked crowd of 109,839 in Happy Valley to record coach
Joe Paterno's 349th career win.
"I've been as conservative as I could in evaluating my football team,"
Paterno said. "I think we're a good football team. I think we can be better."
The other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominee
for the weekend of Oct. 8:
UCLA (5-0): Maurice Drew scored five touchdowns, including
a game-winning 28-yard reception with 1:35 left, as the Bruins won a 47-40
shootout with Cal.
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 Tostitos
The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the weekly
honor. Each Monday during the 2005 college football season, the FWAA will
name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through Nov. 28.
The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll will be released each Monday
afternoon from Oct. 10 through Dec. 5 and then following the BCS championship
game in the Rose Bowl. 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 two-time defending
FWAA national champion and is ranked No. 1 in the initial 2005 poll.
Since 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and Tempe, Ariz., have hosted
five games that have decided the college football national championship,
including two Bowl Championship Series title games. The 2006 game will be
played on Jan. 2 and will be the final game played at Sun Devil Stadium.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, along with the BCS Championship Game, will move
to the new Multi-Purpose Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., beginning in 2007.
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