Coming off its 24-19 victory at then-No. 6 Oklahoma on Saturday, the Kansas State football team was named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week, the Football Writers Association of America announced Monday.
K-State, which defeated its highest-ranked road opponent in school history, earned the FWAA distinction for a third time.
The first designation was in 2003 after the Wildcats collected a 38-9 win at No. 18 Nebraska. The second was in 2007 after upending No. 7 Texas in Austin, 41-21.
The Wildcats turned three Oklahoma turnovers into 17 points Saturday night en route to their first win in Norman since 1997. K-State trailed the Sooners 13-10 entering the fourth quarter, but quarterback Collin Klein tallied a 5-yard touchdown run before running back John Hubert scored from 9 yards out to take a 24-13 lead.
Oklahoma scored a touchdown with 4 minutes left in the game to cut the deficit to five, but linebacker Justin Tuggle batted down a pass on the two-point conversion, and K-State converted two first downs on its next possession to run out the clock and move to 4-0.
The FWAA National Team of the Week was created in 2002 and has been awarded each Monday during the regular season by various committees that have included members of the FWAA All-America Committee, the association’s board of directors and its past presidents.