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Flashback- 2007 Texas Bowl

The 2007 Texas Bowl featured the TCU Horned Frogs and the University of Houston Cougars in 2007 where two future NFL quarterbacks faced each other in only the second game in Texas Bowl history.

2007 Texas Bowl MVP Andy Dalton led the Horned Frogs to a 20-13 victory as they outscored Case Keenum and the Houston Cougars.

Fast forward eight seasons and both quarterbacks now start in the NFL- Dalton for the Cincinatti Bengals and Case Keenum for the St. Louis Rams. These football stars have similar roots as they both grew up playing football at local Texas high schools.

Keenum played high school football for Wylie High School in Abilene, Texas while Andy Dalton played for Katy High school where he finally became the starting QB his senior year.

In January of 2006, Keenum committed to the University of Houston where he was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year after redshirting one season. Dalton headed to Fort Worth where he would also redshirt one season before taking the field with TCU.

While at Houston, Case Keenum became the NCAA’s all-time leader in total passing yards, touchdowns, and completions. He is the only quarterback in Division I FBS football history to have passed for more than 5,000 yards in each of three seasons. After being picked up and dropped by several NFL teams before landing in St. Louis where he is now the starting quarterback for the Rams.

After Dalton’s freshman year, he competed in the Texas Bowl where he was awarded the MVP of the game. Over his last three years as TCU, Dalton finished with a record of 34-3, with perfect seasons on in his final two seasons.

Dalton received the Emerging Player Award for the NFL Players Association beating out other nominees such as Cam Newton, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh. Dalton was selected 35th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2011 NFL Draft where he is now the starting quarterback.

Who will be the next NFL rising stars from the 2015 Advocare Texas Bowl? Tune in December 29th at 8:10.


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