Sept. 29, 2003
DALLAS - By virtue of their 34-31 win over Southern California, the California Golden Bears have been named the Football Writers Association of America's National "Team of the Week" for games of the weekend of Sept. 27. This is the second time Cal has earned the honor since its inception last season. Cal's 46-22 win over Michigan State prompted the school's first award last Sept. 16.
The honor is decided by the 16-member panel that votes in the organization's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll, which is in its second season.
Tyler Fredrickson nailed a 38-yard field goal on Cal's third overtime possession to end USC's winning streak at 11 games. The Golden Bears never trailed in the game and once led by 14 points in the first half, but the Trojans rallied to force the tie-breaker on a Ryan Killeen field goal with 16 seconds left in regulation.
Washington State, with its decisive 55-16 win at Oregon, and Kansas, a 35-14 winner over rival Missouri, were the other teams nominated this week.
The FWAA "Team of the Week" will be announced each Monday throughout the season.
2003 FWAA Teams of the Week
Aug. 30: Southern California
Sept. 6: Wake Forest
Sept. 13: Arkansas
Sept. 20: Marshall
Sept. 27: California