Penn State got its signature victory of a tumultuous and yet historic season while a couple of its players earned proper send-offs.
The Nittany Lions have been named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl’s National Team of the Week for the overtime victory over Big Ten title game-bound Wisconsin.
The award is chosen by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
The Lions are the Tostitos national team of the week for the third time. They also received the honor after victories against Ohio State in 2005 and 2008.
Penn State is the first Big Ten team to earn the weekly award this season.
Of course, a big part of the team’s success was because of the performances of senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill and sophomore kicker Sam Ficken.
Hill’s career-best 12 tackles and three tackles for loss in his final collegiate game earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week recognition for the second time this season.
Hill’s efforts not only put the proper finish on a strong senior season but also figures to help raise his NFL Draft value even more.
Ficken’s perfect 3-for-3 day on field goals, including the game-winner in overtime, earned him his first Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
Ficken started 2-for-8 on field goals this season, including four misses at Virginia, but rebounded impressively.
He made his final 10 attempts to end the season, the seemingly perfect confidence boost heading into the offseason.