Florida State Named Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week
Monday, October 7, 2013
DALLAS (FWAA) – The Florida State Seminoles (5-0) tied the collegiate record for the most lopsided win ever over a ranked team, as they dominated then-No. 25 Maryland, 63-0. In staying perfect on the season, the Seminoles earned the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct. 5.
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
FSU's defense held the Terrapins to 33 rushing yards, nine first downs and 2-of-15 on third down conversions. Meanwhile, Jameis Winston threw for season-highs of 393 yards and five touchdowns in leading the Seminoles to 614 yards of total offense against a Maryland defense that came into the game ranked sixth in the nation in total defense.
"The defense I thought was the story of the day," Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said after the game. "I thought they really took the show. They dominated from start to finish."
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Oct. 5 included:
• Indiana (3-1): The Hoosiers beat Penn State for the first time in 18 tries, taking their Big Ten opener, 44-24. It was the most points the Nittany Lions have yielded in two seasons. Nate Sudfeld finished 23-of-38 for 321 yards and two touchdowns, and Tre Roberson added two more scores on the ground.
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 Week.
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.
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