UCLA named Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National TotW for win over Texas

DALLAS (FWAA) – With their 34-12 win at No. 7 Texas, the UCLA Bruins (2-2) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Sept. 25.

The Bruins forced four first-half turnovers and Johnathan Franklin ran for 118 yards and a touchdown for UCLA. On the day, the Bruins ran for 264 yards against the nation’s No. 2 rush defense.

In winning their second straight game after an 0-2 start, the Bruins registered their first road win against a ranked opponent since 2001. It was Texas’ first home loss since 2007 and its worst home loss under coach Mack Brown.

“It is a huge thrill for our program to come in and play in this environment and play the way we did, and to go in there and feel like now we are maybe getting closer to being a program where we can be counted on and get back to our roots as a top program in the country,” UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said after the game.

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 25 included:

Toledo (3-1): The Rockets won their third straight road game, upsetting Purdue, 31-20, in West Lafayette, Ind. Austin Dantin threw two touchdown passes and ran for two other scores for the Rockets.

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.

Founded in 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 will host the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 10, 2011 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be played on Jan. 1, 2011 in Glendale and the Insight Bowl will be played on Dec. 28, 2010 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

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  • RC3UCLA

    THIS is the kind of recognition we are striving for! Just as CRN stated after the big win, good things were shown, but there remains plenty of work to be done…We WILL get there! GO BRUINS!!!

  • Anon

    Tell ‘em what they’ve won, Don Pardo!

  • Gerry

    Kudos to the team and coaching staff!

    Jon,

    Saw this critique of the Texas effort in the Austin Statesman:

    http://www.statesman.com/sports/longhorns/texas-ucla-longhorns-report-card-939169.html

    Seems a little too sunny. What you you thing?

  • Bruintx

    Re: Texas report card from link above -

    Wow, those guys are easy graders! I wish they handed out good grades like that when I was in school!!

  • MichaelRyerson

    The big boys take care of business. They beat the teams they’re supposed to beat. We’re going to find out if we’re any good this week end at Wash St.