DALLAS (FWAA) Beating a ranked opponent for a second
consecutive week and gaining a key win over a conference rival
enabled the Clemson Tigers (4-0) to earn the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend
of Sept. 24. Clemson beat Florida State, 35-30, on Saturday to notch
its fifth consecutive win over the Seminoles at home. The Tigers
defeated Auburn on Sept. 17.
Clemson defense held Florida State to 29 rushing yards, helping
the Tigers open the season at 4-0 for the first time since 2007.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns, ran for another
and topped the 300-yard passing mark for a second straight week.
Clemson has gained at least 455 yards in all four games.
"I'm super excited about how our players keep growing this offense
and executing. And were only four games into this offense," Clemson
offensive coordinator Chad Morris said. "Its crazy."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Sept. 24 included:
LSU (4-0): The Tigers beat a third ranked opponent
on the road, getting an early lead and holding on for a 47-21
win at West Virginia. LSU rolled up 533 total yards as Jarrett
Lee threw three touchdown passes and Michael Ford ran for two
more scores. The big win propelled LSU to the top spot in the
Associated Press poll.
Temple (3-1): Bernard Pierce set a school record
with five rushing touchdowns and Temple rolled up a 31-0 halftime
lead at Maryland before earning its first win in the series,
38-7. Pierce finished with 149 rushing yards and had scoring
runs of 1, 9, 4, 44 and 13 yards.
The Football Writers Association of America has named
a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the seventh
season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta
Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor.
Each remaining Monday during the 2011 college football regular season,
the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the
Founded in 1971, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl has hosted seven games
that have decided the college football national championship, including
four Bowl Championship Series title games. This season, the Tostitos
Fiesta Bowl will be played on Jan. 2, 2012, at University of Phoenix
Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Insight Bowl will be played
on Dec. 30, 2011, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
For more information on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team
of the Week, go to
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