Texas vs The Nation

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Texas vs The Nation
Stadium Eagle Stadium
Location Allen, Texas
Previous stadiums Sun Bowl Stadium (2007–10),
Alamodome (2011)
Previous locations El Paso, Texas (2007–10),
San Antonio, Texas (2011)
Operated 2007–2011, 2013

Texas vs The Nation was an American college football all-star bowl game played from 2007 to 2013.[1] Originally played at the Sun Bowl Stadium, the format of the game pitted 50 top-rated college seniors who played college or high school football in Texas against a squad of 50 top-rated seniors from the other 49 states.[2] In its first year, 73% of players who participated in the game were signed by National Football League (NFL) teams.[3] In 2011 the game moved from El Paso to San Antonio, and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) became the named sponsor of the game.[4] In 2012, the NFLPA began its own all-star game, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl,[5] and the Texas vs The Nation game was not held.[3] The game was revived in 2013 at Eagle Stadium in Allen[6] but did not return in 2014.

Game results[edit]

  • Winning team in bold
  • Tie game denoted in italics
Date Winning team Losing team Texas team coach Nation team coach Attendance Notes
February 2, 2007 The Nation 24 Texas 20 Mike Price Buddy Ryan 21,528 [3][7]
February 2, 2008 Texas 41 The Nation 14 Gene Stallings Buddy Ryan 26,821 [3][8]
January 31, 2009 The Nation 27 Texas 24 Gene Stallings Howard Schnellenberger 42,387 [3][9]
February 6, 2010 Texas 36 The Nation 17 Bill Bates Howard Schnellenberger 26,041 [3][10][11]
February 5, 2011 Texas 13 The Nation 7 Bill Bates Jerry Glanville [12][13]
February 2, 2013 The Nation 24 Texas 13 Cary Fowler Howard Schnellenberger [14][15][16]

Game MVPs[edit]

Year Name Position College Notes
2007 Ryan Moore WR Miami (FL) [17][18]
2008 Xavier Omon RB Northwest Missouri State [8]
2009 Frantz Joseph LB Florida Atlantic [9]
2010 Cornelius Brown CB UTEP [11]
2011 Taylor Potts QB Texas Tech [19]
2013 Ryan Griffin QB Tulane [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aguilar, Matthew (29 November 2006). "Texas vs. Nation game has ambitious goals". El Paso Times. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Crowder, David (12 January 2007). "City backs all-star football game". El Paso Times. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "History". Texas vs The Nation. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  4. ^ McCarney, Dan (August 31, 2010). "College All-Star game coming to Alamodome". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  5. ^ Markazi, Arash (November 7, 2011). "NFLPA to have Los Angeles game". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  6. ^ "2013 Texas vs The Nation Program". Texas vs The Nation. Archived from the original on 31 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Matthew Aguilar (3 February 2007). "Team Nation victorious". El Paso Times. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Bret Bloomquist (2 February 2008). "Texas whips Nation, evens series". El Paso Times. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Ted Hutton (31 January 2009). "Schnellenberger, Joseph winners out west". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Texas vs. The Nation Collegiate All-Star Bowl Rosters". The Sports Network. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Bret Bloomquist (6 February 2010). "UTEP defensive back Cornelius Brown helps Texas get victory at Texas vs. The Nation". El Paso Times. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Texas vs. The Nation: Texas triumphs in All-Star game". El Paso Times. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Jimmy Morris (5 February 2011). "2011 NFL Players Association Texas vs. the Nation Game Information and Rosters". Music City Miracles. SB Nation. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Tammy Nunez (3 February 2013). "Former Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin wins MVP in All-Star game". The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  15. ^ Chuck King (16 January 2013). "Back on the sidelines". Owl Access. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Johnson, Fowler headed to Texas vs. the Nation Bowl game". Tarleton State Texans. www.tarletonsports.com. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "UTEP Players Participate in Collegiate All-Star Game". UTEP Miners. www.utepathletics.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  18. ^ Matthew Aguilar (1 February 2007). "FIU, Miami players now teammates". El Paso Times. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  19. ^ Mitch Lucas (9 February 2011). "Texas beats the Nation". Kilgore News Herald. 

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