The Fresno State Bulldogs were named the National Team of the Week for Week 3 of the college football season by the Football Writers Association of America.
The Bulldogs (3-1) defeated No. 13 UCLA, 40-37, as quarterback Jake Haener hit Jalen Cropper with a 13-yard touchdown pass with 14 seconds left at the Rose Bowl. The win was Fresno State’s fourth straight win in their series with UCLA.
Haener, a senior, passed for a season-high 455 yards, completing passes of 10, 27 and 26 yards on the game-winning drive to get Fresno State quickly down the field after UCLA had taken a 37-33 lead with 54 seconds remaining. Minutes earlier Haener had thrown a 19-yard touchdown pass to give the Bulldogs a 33-30 lead with 2:55 left in a back-and-forth fourth quarter.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Sept. 18 was:
• Michigan State (3-0): The Spartans earned a 3-0 start for the first time since 2015 with a 38-17 win at No. 24 Miami. MSU forced four turnovers and rolled up 454 total yards paced by Kenneth Walker III’s 172 rushing yards, while Payton Thorne threw for 261 yards and four touchdowns.
The 2021 College Football America Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.
2021 Cheez-It Bowl National Teams of the Week
• Weekend of Sept. 4: UCLA Bruins
• Weekend of Sept. 11: Arkansas Razorbacks
• Weekend of Sept. 18: Fresno State Bulldogs