Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The Football Writers Association of America selected Iowa as its National Team of the Week following the Hawkeyes' dramatic 24-23 upset of Penn State. Iowa is the second Big Ten team to win the award this season, joining Penn State, which won after it beat Ohio State on Oct. 25.
Texas Tech and Utah also were nominated for this week's award.
Iowa's win made waves throughout the state, prompting Gov. Chet Culver to issue a congratulatory statement on Sunday.
"I want to congratulate Kirk Ferentz and his outstanding coaching staff for their leadership in today's win," Culver said. "I want to also say how proud I am of the determination and athleticism that quarterback Ricky Stanzi, running back Shonn Greene, and the entire team showed today. And of course every fan will celebrate Daniel Murray and his sure foot, which helped carry the day against one of the nation's top football teams. Finally, I applaud the more than 70,000 fans who were on hand to show their support, and turn a cold Iowa day into one of the hottest things to happen in college football this weekend."
Ferentz also made a point to acknowledge how meaningful the win was "for our state after a tough year," referring to the flooding that hit the eastern portion of the state this summer.