PISCATAWAY, NJ – Following their 19-14 victory over Michigan State in their season opener last Saturday, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been named the 2004 season's first Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) National Team of the Week, as selected by the voters of the FWAA's Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll for games of the weekend of Sept. 4.
Four field goals from true freshman Jeremy Ito, and a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive end Ryan Neill helped spur the Scarlet Knights to the victory over the Spartans in front of a record home crowd of 42,612. Fullback Brian Leonard gained 150 yards on 25 carries and also caught six passes for 40 yards in the win for the Scarlet Knights.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. The 16 pollsters of the Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll decide the weekly honor. Each Monday during the 2004 college football season, the FWAA will name a national team of the week through Nov. 29.
The Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll will resume this season on Oct. 11.
The top-ranked team in the final poll will be awarded the Grantland
as the FWAA's national champion. The FWAA has awarded the trophy
each season since 1954. USC is the defending FWAA national champion.