DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 44-34 win over West
Virginia, the Louisville Cardinals (8-0) 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 Nov. 4.
Brohm threw for 354 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals moved
into the national championship hunt with the win over the
previously unbeaten Mountaineers.
The Cardinals scored 17 unanswered points after trailing
14-13 to take control of the game. Malik Jackson returned a
fumble 13 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and Trent
Guy brought a punt back 40 yards in a 45-second span of the
"What a great win," Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino said
after the game. "I couldn't be happier for our coaches and our
players. We had very good execution on offense and we wanted to
be as aggressive as ever because we knew how explosive they were
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 4 included:
• Kentucky (5-4): The Wildcats ended a 9-game
losing streak to Georgia with a 24-20 win on Homecoming day.
• Mississippi State (3-7): The Bulldogs snapped a
23-game road SEC losing streak with a 24-16 upset of
Alabama, the alma mater of head coach Sylvester Croom.
• Wake Forest (8-1): The Demon Deacons tied a
school record for wins after their 21-14 defeat of Boston
College. Wake Forest is 8-1 for the first time since 1944.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the second season that the award has been sponsored
by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the
weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2006 college football season,
the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through
The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, released each
Tuesday, has resumed this season. 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. Texas is
the defending FWAA national champion and Ohio State is ranked No.
1 in the most current 2006 poll.
Since 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has hosted five games
that have decided the college football national championship, including
two Bowl Championship Series title games. The 2007 game will be
played on Jan. 1. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, along with the new Tostitos
BCS Championship Game, moves to the new Cardinals Stadium in Glendale,
Ariz., and will be played on Jan. 8.
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