DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 27-21 win over top-ranked
Oregon State Beavers (2-2) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 27.
Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns as the
Beavers sprinted to a 21-0 halftime lead. Safety Greg Laybourn's
fourth-quarter interception led to Oregon State's final score
and sealed the win.
It was the second time in school history that Oregon State
has knocked off a No. 1 team, the last coming in a 3-0 win over
USC in 1967. Two years ago, the Beavers beat No. 3 USC in
Corvallis as well.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 27 included:
• Alabama (5-0): The Crimson Tide scored on its
first five possessions to lead 31-0 on its way to a
convincing 41-30 win at Georgia.
• Duke (3-1): The Blue Devils ended a 25-game ACC
losing streak with a 31-3 win over Virginia. Duke, off to
its best start since 1994, forced five second-half turnovers
in the win.
• Ole Miss (3-2): Jevan Snead threw two touchdown
passes and ran for another and the Rebels blocked the
game-tying extra point and stuffed Tim Tebow on fourth down
to upset Florida, 31-30, in Gainseville. The win ended a
14-game road losing streak in SEC play for Ole Miss.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the fifth season that the award has been sponsored
by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Members of the FWAA board of directors and All-America committee
decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2008 college football
season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the
Week through Dec. 1.
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. This season the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl game will be played on Jan. 5, 2009 at University of
Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Insight Bowl will be
played on Dec. 31, 2008 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
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