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The Texas vs. The Nation Game is a post-season college football all-star game that was established in 2006 as the concluding game 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 Texas against a squad of top-rated seniors from the rest of the nation. Seniors rated in the top 15 at their position by the NFL are eligible to play in the game. The game is currently sponsored in part by Western Refining, an independent refinery based in El Paso, Texas.

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2007

Coaching staff of the 2007 Nation team

The inaugural game was held in El Paso, Texas, at Sun Bowl Stadium with an attendance of 21,548. The game was held on February 2, 2007 to conclude the college football season, and was broadcast on CBS College Sports (then known as CSTV). UTEP coach Mike Price led the Texas team and Buddy Ryan, Super Bowl winning defensive coordinator for the 1985 Chicago Bears, led the national squad.[1]

Game MVP, Paul Mosley of Baylor, scored two touchdowns for the Texas team.

Meanwhile, Miami's Ryan Moore caught two touchdown passes, one the Associated Press called "showcase catch" in the corner of the end zone on an 11-yard pass from James Madison's Justin Rascati which gave the Nation a 24-17 lead.

West Texas A&M's Dalton Bell drove Texas from its own 11-yard line to the Nation's 44-yard line as time ran out. FIU's Antwan Barnes sacked Bell twice, helping stall Texas' attempt to win the game.

A total of 79 players on the 108-man rosters signed with the NFL. The roster was headlined by twelve players selected in the 2007 NFL draft including five 4th round picks, three 6th round picks, and four 7th rounders.[2]

2007 Texas Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach Mike Price
Assistant Coach Pete Fredenburg
Assistant Coach Mel Tjeersdma
Assistant Coach Lance Botkin
Assistant Coach Don Brooks
Assistant Coach Don Byrd
Assistant Coach Malcomb Moerbe
Assistant Coach Daren Walker
Assistant Coach Andrew King
2007 Nation Team Coaching Staff
Head Coach Buddy Ryan
Assistant Coach Ted Plumb
Assistant Coach Dan Neal
Assistant Coach Jim LaRue
Assistant Coach Jim Hughes
Assistant Coach Dale Haupt
Assistant Coach Ronnie Jones
Assistant Coach Chad Ostlund

2008

Gene Stallings, former coach of Texas A&M, the Arizona Cardinals, and Alabama led the Texas team in the second annual game on February 2, 2008. Buddy Ryan was again head coach of the Nation team.

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 Amendola of 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.[3]

2009

Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger coached The Nation team against Stallings' Texas team to a 27-24 victory on January 31, 2009 as the college football season came to a close. Florida Atlantic's Frantz Joseph was named defensive MVP of the game.

2010

The fourth edition of the game will conclude the college football season on February 6, 2010.

Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
February 2, 2007 The Nation 24 Texas 20
February 2, 2008 Texas 41 The Nation 14
January 31, 2009 The Nation 27 Texas 24

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