Monday, November 12, 2007

Illinois is Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week

DALLAS (FWAA) - With their 28-21 win at Ohio State, the Illinois Fighting Illini (8-3) are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for games of the weekend of Nov. 10.
Juice Williams threw four touchdown passes as Illinois ended Ohio State's 28-game regular-season winning streak and a streak of 20 straight Big Ten wins.

Illinois, which is now 8-3 after finishing the 2006 season at 2-10, defeated a top-ranked team for the first time since 1956 and the first time ever on the road.

"I know 'shock the world' is overused," Illini linebacker J Leman said. "It is pretty shocking to most people, but not to the guys in the locker room."

Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Nov. 10 included:

• Nebraska (5-6):
The Huskers rebounded from a 76-39 loss to Kansas by crushing Kansas State, 73-31.

• Virginia (9-2): The Cavaliers handed Miami its worst-ever home shutout loss, 48-0, in its final game at the Orange Bowl. It was also the first time Miami had been held scoreless at home since 1974.

The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the third season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.