- Texas vs. The Nation Game
The Texas vs. The Nation Game is a post-season
college footballall-star game that was established in 2006 as part of the college football post-season. The format of the game pits a team of top-rated college seniors who played college or high school football in Texasagainst a squad of top-rated seniors from the rest of the nation. Seniors rated in the top 15 at their position by the NFLare eligible to play in the game. The game is currently sponsored in part by Western Refining, an independent refinery based in El Paso, Texas.
The inaugural game was held in
El Paso, Texas, at Sun Bowl Stadiumwith an attendance of 21,548. The game was held on February 2, 2007 to conclude the college football season, and was broadcast on CSTV. UTEP coach Mike Priceled the Texas team and Buddy Ryan, former coach of the Philadelphia Eaglesand Arizona Cardinals, led the national squad. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2620788 Plans set for Texas vs. rest of nation bowl game] ]
Paul Mosleyof Baylor, scored two touchdowns for the Texas team.
Meanwhile, Miami's Ryan Moore caught two touchdown passes, one the
Associated Presscalled "showcase catch" in the corner of the end zone on an 11-yard pass from James Madison UniversityJustin Rascati which gave the Nation a 24-17 lead.
79 players of the 108-man rosters signed with the NFL. The roster was headlined by twelve players selected in the
2007 NFL draftincluding five 4th round picks, three 6th round picks, and four 7th rounders. [ [http://texasvsthenation.cstv.com/trads/bowl-history.html History] ]
:::2007 Texas Team Coaching Staff::::"Head Coach" Mike Price
::::"Assistant Coach" Malcomb Moerbe
Andrew King:2007 Nation Team Coaching Staff::"Head Coach" Buddy Ryan ::"Assistant Coach" Ted Plumb
::"Assistant Coach" Jim Hughes
Defensive Player of the Game, Texas's
Erick Jackson, returned a 50-yard fumble for a touchdown that helped lead the Texas Squad to a 41–14 victory over the Nation. Danny Amendolaof Texas Tech caught 3 passes for 71 yards earning him Offensive Player of the Game honors; and Xavier Omon, of Northwest Missouri State, who also played for Team Texas, was named game MVP with 91 yards rushing in the game. [ [http://texasvsthenation.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/020208aac.html Team Texas Downs Team Nation, 41-14 in Western Refining Texas Vs. Nation Game :: Xavier Omon of Northwest Missouri State declared the game's MVP ] ]
Past game results
List of college bowl games
* [http://texasvsthenation.cstv.com/ Official Texas vs. the Nation Website]
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