Nov. 17, 2008
DALLAS - After posting an impressive 70-30 win over then-ranked No. 24 Tulsa last weekend, the University of Houston football team was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week on Monday, as voted by the Football Writers Association of America.
Sophomore quarterback Case Keenum threw for a career-high six touchdowns and ran for another, leading the offensive barrage against the Golden Hurricane. His five first-half touchdowns helped UH jump out to a 42-17 halftime lead.
Cornerback Loyce Means picked off three passes to lead the defense, including one he returned 69 yards for a score.
With the win, the Cougars moved into a three-way tie for first place in Conference USA's West division with Rice and Tulsa at 5-1.
Other teams nominated for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week were Florida, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.
Houston is the second Conference USA school to earn the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week honor this season. East Carolina was honored on Sept. 8, following its 24-3 win over then-No. 8 West Virginia.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. This is the fifth 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 2008 college football season, the FWAA will name the Tostitos Bowl National Team of the Week through Dec. 1.
Since 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 game will be played on Jan. 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and the Insight Bowl will be played on Dec. 31, 2008 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.