Sept. 20, 2010
DALLAS (FWAA) - With their 34-27 win over No. 9 Iowa, the Arizona Wildcats (3-0) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 18.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead with the help from a blocked punt, an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown by Trevin Wade and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score by Travis Cobb.
After Iowa rallied in the second half to tie the score at 27, Nick Foles capped a 72-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to William Wright with just under four minutes to play. On the night, Foles was 28-for-39 with a pair of touchdown passes.
"This win was great in a lot of different ways," Arizona head coach Mike Stoops said after the game. "We got to see the character of the players develop before our eyes. I'm really proud that everyone managed to compete, and when they were challenged, they challenged right back."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 18 included:
Nebraska (3-0): The Huskers hammered Washington, 56-21, in Seattle with 533 yards of total offense, including 383 on the ground. Three Nebraska players ran for over 100 yards, led by quarterback Taylor Martinez (137 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries).
Temple (3-0): In Philadelphia, the Owls upset Connecticut, 30-16, to open the season 3-0 for the first time since 1979. Bernard Pierce ran for 169 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Owls set a school record with their eighth straight home win.
Arizona opens Pac-10 play this Saturday against California (2-1).
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 Bowl.
Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during the 2010 college football regular season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.