After their stunning 17-7 upset over the win over FSU at the Doak, the USF Bulls (4-0) were named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week. This was the second time in three years the Bulls earned the honor.
Redshirt freshman quarterback B.J. Daniels, making his first career start, accounted for 341 of USF's 368 yards of offense. Daniels threw a pair of scoring passes, including a 77-yarder to Sterling Griffin that gave the Bulls a 14-0 lead at halftime.
The BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, Jason Pierre-Paul, who had four tackles, three tackles for loss and a pivotal fourth-quarter strip sack and was part of a USF defense that limited the Seminoles to 19 rushing yards and just 288 total yards, while registering five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 12 tackles for loss and five sacks to help the Bulls remain unbeaten.
"It changes history," USF head coach Jim Leavitt said after the game. "You have to beat them to get talked about. Now I can say we should be talked about."
Although this was the first meeting between USF and Florida State, the Bulls have now won seven straight games vs. teams from Florida. The win also extended USF's non-conference regular-season winning streak to 15 games.
The Bulls were also named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week for the Auburn win in 2007.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 19 included:
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the sixth season that the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Members of the FWAA board of directors and All-America committee decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2009 college football season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through Dec. 7.