DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 24-23 win at USC, the Stanford
Cardinal (2-3) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team
of the Week for games of the weekend of Oct. 6.
scored 17 points in the fourth quarter and finished a rally from
a nine-point deficit when Tavita Pritchard threw a 10-yard touchdown
pass to Mark Bradford on 4th-and-goal with 49 seconds remaining.
Four plays before the winning touchdown pass, Pritchard, making
his first collegiate start, converted a 4th-and-20.
The upset ended USC's 35-game winning streak at the Los Angeles
Coliseum. The Trojans hadn't lost at home since Stanford beat them
21-16 on Sept. 29, 2001.
"I give all the credit to the Stanford football players," head
coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game. "They played like their
lives depended on it. They played smart; they played sound. They
just won it."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Oct. 6 included:
• Cincinnati (6-0): Ben Mauk threw three touchdown
passes as the Bearcats improved to 6-0 for the first time since
1954 with their ninth straight win, 28-23 at Rutgers.
• Illinois (5-1): Rashard Mendenhall ran for 160 yards
and two touchdowns as the Fighting Illini topped Wisconsin,
31-26, to end the Badgers' 14-game winning streak.
• Missouri (5-0): Chase Daniel threw for a career-high
401 yards and added 72 on the ground as the Tigers humbled Nebraska,
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the third season that the award has been sponsored
by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Select members of the FWAA board of directors decide the weekly
honor. Each Monday during the 2007 college football season, the
FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through
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. Last season, the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl presented three post-season games, including the Insight
Bowl and the BCS title game. This season the game will be played
on Jan. 2, 2008 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
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