Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Moore to play in Texas vs. the Nation game

Wyoming running back Devin Moore looks for an opening against San Diego State this past season.

University of Wyoming's record-setting running back, Devin Moore, will play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game on Saturday in El paso, Texas.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and the game will be televised by CBS College Sports.

The 2009 edition of the Western Refining Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge is the third annual game in the bowl’s history. Moore becomes the first Cowboy to take part in the game. He will be playing for the Texas team, along with six other former Mountain West Conference players -- wide receiver Michael Reed of BYU; offensive tackle Dallas Reynolds of BYUT, Tight end Kory Sperry of Colorado State, safety Stephen Hodge of TCU, center Blake Schlueter of TCU and UNLV running back Frank Summers.

Former Alabama and Texas A&M head coach Gene Stallings will serve as head coach of the Texas squad. Current Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger will the Nation head coach.

Moore concluded his college career as Wyoming’s career rushing leader. The Indianapolis, Ind., native rushed for 2,963 yards during his career, eclipsing the former Cowboy rushing record of 2,906 yards set by Ryan Christopherson from 1991-94.

Moore was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference as a senior, and he ranked No. 19 in the nation in rushing in ‘08, averaging 108.4 yards per game. His 1,301 rushing yards on the season ranked as the third best single-season total in school history.

In terms of all-purpose yards, Moore led the MWC and ranked No. 7 in the nation in 2008, with 2,008 all-purpose yards for an average of 167.3 yards per game. His 4,586 career all-purpose yards ranked him third in school history.

Moore posted five 100-yard rushing games in 2008. He ran for 234 yards versus San Diego State, 145 yards vs. North Dakota State, 114 against both TCU and Bowling Green and 106 vs. Utah. His best single-game all-purpose yardage total was 290 yards versus SDSU. Moore’s 234 rushing yards against the Aztecs ranked as the 15th best single-game performance in the NCAA in 2008, and earned him Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.

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