Allen, TX (Sports Network) - Tulane's Ryan Griffin tossed two touchdown passes
and the Nation All-Stars tallied a 24-13 win over the Texas All-Stars in the
Texas vs. the Nation Game.
Griffin threw for 210 yards on 14-of-18 efficiency, while Bemidji State wide
receiver Brian Leonhardt registered 64 yards receiving and a score on four
catches for the Nation.
Texas Tech's Seth Doege was 9-of-18 for 87 yards and an interception for
The Nation jumped out to a 17-0 lead as Leonhardt hauled in a 15-yard score
from Griffin, Idaho's Trey Farquhar nailed a 31-yard field goal and Florida's
Earl Okine returned a fumble two yards for a touchdown with 10:22 left in the
Texas put the next 13 points on the board to pull within four with 5:13 to go
in the third. Abilene Christian's Morgan Lineberry hit a pair of field goals,
35 and 20 yards, respectively, to pull Texas within 17-6 heading into the
break. TCU's Matthew Tucker plunged in for a 1-yard score to make it 17-13.
Griffin found Syracuse's Marcus Sales for a 20-yard touchdown with 9:54
remaining to conclude the scoring.
The Texas vs. the Nation Game, which began in 2006, was re-branded as the
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl last year, but the contest moved back to its original
format this season.
Over the first four years, the game was played at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso,
Texas before shifting to San Antonio a year ago. The 2013 game moved to Allen,
Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
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