WACO, Texas - The Baylor football team sent a shockwave through the college football world this past Saturday with its 52-24 win over top-ranked Kansas State. The win, as stunning for its 28-point margin and Baylor's 580 yards of total offense as for the victory itself, earned the Bears the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Nov. 17. The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Eddie George.
The Baylor defense intercepted Collin Klein three times while Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns, and Lache Seastrunk put the game away with an 80-yard touchdown run to end the third quarter. Seastrunk finished with 185 rushing yards. Baylor had not beaten a team ranked as high as No. 2 since a 13-7 win over No. 2 Tennessee in the 1957 Sugar Bowl.
"All week we believed we were going to beat them, and if we did we weren't going to be surprised when it happened," said quarterback Nick Florence, who completed 20 of 32 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as Baylor jumped out to a 28-7 lead.
Other Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Nov. 17 included:
Kent State (10-1): The Golden Flashes beat Bowling Green 31-24 on the road to clinch the Mid-American Conference's East Division title, and will play for a conference championship for the first time since 1972. Kent State was buoyed by a 241-yard rushing performance by Dri Archer.
Stanford (9-2): The Cardinal defense held No. 2 Oregon, the nation's leading offense, to two touchdowns in regulation, and then again in overtime to steal a 17-14 win on the road. Jordan Williamson's 37-yard field goal won it for Stanford, which can now win the Pac-12 North Division with a win this week at No. 17 UCLA. The win snapped Oregon's 13-game win streak, the longest in the nation.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the eighth 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 2012 college football regular season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week. The winner will be announced through Nov. 26 at 9:30 a.m. ET on the SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel.
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. 3, 2013, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will be played on Dec. 29, 2012, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.
The Football Writers Association of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than 1,200 men and women who cover college football for a living. The membership includes journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas that include gameday operations, major awards and its annual All-America team.