HONOLULU (1/20/06) North Texas seniors Patrick Cobbs and Nick Bazaldua are set to play in the 60th Anniversary Hula Bowl, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday night from Aloha Stadium.
The collegiate all-star game will showcase many of the nation's top players and will be broadcast on ESPN. Both Bazaldua and Cobbs will play for the West team.
Cobbs, the 2003 national rushing champion, rushed for 1,154 yards in 2005, earning the senior his second first-team All-Sun Belt nod. Cobbs leaves as North Texas as the program’s all-time leading rusher with 4,050 yards. He also posted the school-record for 100-yard rushing games with 21, and finishes his career tops in rushing touchdowns and attempts.
Bazaldua finished his career as North Texas’ and the Sun Belt’s all-time leading scorer with 247 career points. The senior also finished tops in school history in PAT’s (121) and second in field goals made (42). The Lou Groza watch list nominee had an effective campaign for the Mean Green in 2005, and was nearly perfect from inside 40 yards. Bazaldua hit 4-of-5 from inside 40, a blocked attempt against Louisiana State, the nation’s fifth ranked defense, was the lone miss.
Aside from that block, Bazaldua’s other misses were from an average of over 46 yards. He was named Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference, and had a season long 50-yarder against LSU. Bazaldua also became the first North Texas kicker since 1997-98 to make four field goals from beyond 40 yards in consecutive seasons.
Bazaldua and Cobbs aren’t the first Mean Green players to participate in the postseason showcase. Former North Texas defensive end and current New York Giant Adrian Awasom played in the 2005 Hula Bowl.