Texas ties up series with 36-17 whipping of Nation

Hometown Hero wins MVP; four UTEP prospects contribute to Texas win!

El Paso, TX — Former Dallas Cowboys safety and special teams standout Bill Bates stood proudly on the sidelines as his players doused him with Gatorade as the Texas team completed a victory in the 4th annual Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge.  This year’s game was sponsored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of a new five-year deal between the two organizations.

UTEP cornerback Cornelius Brown picked up a Nation team fumble and ran it in for a 35-yard touchdown in the first quarter to extend Texas’ early lead to 10-0.  Brown was named the game’s MVP by adding two tackles, a pass breakup, downing a punt inside the five-yard line and adding a 30-yard kickoff return.

The Texas offense was led by LSU all-purpose threat Trindon Holliday who had 209 yards of total offense, including a pair of touchdowns.  He had a 67-yard touchdown reception from Jacksonville State/LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who led all passers with 137 yards through the air.  Holliday later add a two-yard run and 133 total return yards.  His efforts earned him Offensive Player of the Game honors.

The Nation team did not allow things to go totally as planned as North Carolina defensive lineman E.J. Wilson recorded six tackles, two tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery that led to the nation cutting the game’s deficit to 17-10 in the 3rd quarter.

Marshall outside linebacker/defensive end Albert McClellan returned an interception 20-yards for a touchdown that increased the Texas lead to 31-10 before Tennessee quarterback Jonathon Crompton fired a 36-yard touchdown to Southern U. wide receiver Juamorris Stewart who made an acrobatic as the Nation tried to fight there way back from being down 31-17 entering the final quarter.

One of the game’s highlights and one that will be remembered for a long time on both sides of the Texas and Mexico boarder came with Daniel Campos converted a 32-yard field goal for the Texas team and was greeted by a rousing applause from both the fans and players on both teams.

Campos is a standout soccer player for Indios and plays right across the El Paso boarder in Juarez, Mexico; he also converted his only extra point attempt of the game, as well.

Both teams punters had terrific afternoons as Virginia Tech’s Brent Bowden averaged 50.5 yards on eight attempts and Iowa State’s Mike Brandtner averaged 42.3 yards.

Although the game up short on the scoreboard several other Nation defenders had productive outings led by Temple linebacker Alex Joseph (11 tackles), Minnesota linebacker Simoni Lawrence (10 tackles), Delaware defensive lineman Brandon Gilbeaux (7 tackles) and Penn State linebacker Josh Hull (6 tackles).

The Texas squad was led by Arizona State linebacker Travis Goethel (10 tackles), Mississippi linebacker Patrick Trahan (6 tackles), Stillman/Temple defensive end Junior Galette (3 tackles, 3 hurries and one sack), William & Mary defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (4 tackles, one sack, safety) and pair of small school standouts South Dakota State linebacker/defensive end Danny Batten (5 tackles) and Stephen F. Austin linebacker/defensive end Tim Knicky (5 tackles).

The two sides ran over 130 plays during the game with West Texas A&M running back Keithon Flemming leading the way with 13 carries for 69 yards, Southern Illinois running back Deji Karim (40 yards), N.C. State running back Toney Baker (41 yards) and Shorter College/Georgia Tech running back A.J. Cooley (42 yards) each contributed as the game produced 255 yards on the ground.

Stewart led all receivers with 89 yards on five catches, Newberry wide receiver Kelton Tindal hauled in a 55-yard grab while Connecticut wide receiver Marcus Easley, Florida Atlantic H-Back Jason Harmon, Louisville wide receiver Scott Long and Massachusetts fullback Chris Zardas all hauled in two catches a piece; one of Zardas’ catches went for a six-yard touchdown.

Texas A&M center Kevin Matthews started the game, he is the son of Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, who was in town all week to watch his son practice.  UTEP offensive lineman Mike Aguayo started the game at left guard, while fellow Miners Da’mon Cromartie-Smith (safety) and Jeff Moutri (wide receiver) also earned started nods.

Hall of Fame members Randy White, Rayford Wright, Elvin Bethea, Lee-Roy Selmon, Dan Hampton and Ken Houston were just some of the folks that highlighted the game week and game day itself with their attendance, as well as several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame staff and board members.

The schedule for the 2011 game will remain the same as it will be played the week leading into the Super Bowl, but after an attendance of over 27,000 the long-term status of who the host city is for the contest may come under consideration as Dallas, Austin and San Antonio are all known for having a lot of interest in obtaining the rights to host the game in their city.

2010 Final Stats


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