DALLAS (FWAA) – The UCF Knights
(5-1) rallied from 21 points down in the third quarter to stun
No. 8-ranked Louisville, 38-35, marking the highest-ranked
opponent the Knights have ever defeated. The dramatic Friday
night win earned UCF the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National
Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College
Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
Trailing 28-7, UCF scored three touchdowns in a span of 4:20
to forge a 28-28 tie. A field goal gave the Knights a 31-28
lead, which was the first time the Cardinals had trailed all
season. Following a Louisville touchdown, UCF quarterback Blake
Bortles started the game-winning drive on the UCF 25. He threw
for 66 of the 75 yards along the way, including two long
third-down completions, then connected with Jeff Godfrey alone
in the back corner of the end zone for the winning score with 23
seconds left. The comeback tied for the largest in school
history and kept the Knights perfect on the road at 4-0.
"It's a great win in a tough environment," UCF head coach
George O'Leary said after game. "Overcoming a packed house and
the No. 8 team in the country is a great win for our program.
I'm just happy for the kids. We went into the game with one
motto, 'Great effort, great effort, great effort and compete,'
and that's what I thought they did."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees
for the weekend of Oct. 19 included:
• Auburn (6-1): The Tigers rolled up 615
total yards, with 379 of it the ground, to keep pace with
Texas A&M and steal a win on the road, 45-41. Tre Mason
scored the game-winning touchdown on a five-yard run with
1:19 left. Auburn trailed 34-24 one minute into the fourth
• Florida State (6-0): Jameis Winston
threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns as the Seminoles
rocked No. 3 Clemson in Death Valley, 51-14. FSU took a 17-0
lead 12 minutes into the game and never let up, scoring more
points than any opponent ever has at Memorial Stadium. FSU
is 6-0 for the first time since 1999.
• Ole Miss (4-3): The Rebels snapped a
three-game losing streak with a big win, 27-24 over No. 6
LSU, as Andrew Ritter kicked a 41-yard field goal with two
seconds left. Ole Miss' defense logged three interceptions,
while Bo Wallace went 30-for-39 for 346 yards through the
• Missouri (7-0): The Tigers rolled
36-17 over Florida behind reserve quarterback Maty Mauk, who
threw for 295 yards in his first career start in place of
injured starter James Frankiln. Mauk's first two completions
were good for 61 yards and a touchdown just 22 seconds into
the game. Mizzou outgained the Gators 500-151 and knocked
off a second consecutive ranked opponent for the first time
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national
team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the ninth season
that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor.
Each remaining Monday during the 2013 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. 1, 2014, at University of Phoenix
Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will
be played on Dec. 28, 2013, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization
founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football.
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