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 Texas.
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 second.
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.
GAME NOTES: 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.