DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 33-30 overtime win at Notre
Dame, the Connecticut Huskies (5-5) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 21, as chosen
by the board of the Football Writers Association of America.
Dixon scored from four yards out on the second overtime
possession to give UConn the win. Dixon, who combined with
Jordan Todman to each gain over 100 yards on the ground, had 96
yards rushing after the third quarter and finished with 114
yards on 20 carries. Todman ran for 130 yards on 26 totes and
added a touchdown.
The Huskies overcame a missed field goal at the end of
regulation to register their first win since the death of
teammate Jasper Howard. Prior to Saturday, the Huskies had lost
three straight games by a combined 10 points.
"I'm just so proud of those kids over in the locker room and
those assistant coaches. We persevered today, and ended up
making just a couple of plays at the end that we hadn't been
able to make in some of our other games," head coach Randy
Edsall said after the game. "There is no doubt that this is the
biggest and best win that we've had so far in the short time
that we've been an FBS school."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Nov. 21 included:
• Temple (9-2): The Owls scored 41 unanswered
points to win their ninth straight game, 47-13 over Kent
State. Their nine wins are the most since 1979 and the
nine-game winning streak is the longest within one season in
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002
season. This is the sixth 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 2009 college football
season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the
Week through Dec. 7.
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. 4, 2010 at University of
Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Insight Bowl will be
played on Dec. 31, 2009 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
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