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Adrian Martinez and RJ Martinez Shine

Virginia's Mandy Alonso finally claims victory over hometown school

It was a difficult and winless weekend for Latino coaches in college football this weekend. Dave Aranda‘s Baylor Bears and Mario Cristobal’s Oregon Ducks both fell from the rank of undefeated teams.

Of the Latino coaches in college football, only Virginia Tech’s avoid a defeat this weekend. His Hokies were off.

Nonetheless, Latinos shone throughout the college football landscape this week, especially RJ and Adrian Martinez.

At Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino voices and stories in sports, arts and culture, there was plenty to celebrate in college football.

Co-Offensive Player of the Week. 

There are co-Offensive Players of the Week this week. Both are quarterbacks with the same surname.  

Adrian Martinez

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez threw for 202 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for three touchdowns in the Cornhuskers’ dominant victory over the Northwestern Wildcats. 

Adrian Martinez is quietly having one of the best seasons in the Big Ten Conference.

RJ Martinez

Northern Arizona quarterback RJ Martinez has had a fantastic start to his collegiate career. In his first collegiate start, he led the Lumberjacks to an upset win over the Arizona Wildcats.

On Saturday in a 48-17 rout over the Idaho State Bengals, the true freshman threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 68 yards and a score. 

Defensive Player of the Week

Mandy Alonso

Virginia defensive end Mandy Alonso, a fifth-year senior and team captain, recorded five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss, including a stop on a first-quarter safety in the Cavaliers 30-28 win over the University of Miami. 

Alonso is a Miami native. In what likely was final collegiate appearance against the Hurricanes he finally earned a victory in his hometown. He had been winless in four games played in Hard Rock Stadium. 

Aguilar, Luis NAU K FG- 2/3PAT-4/5 W, 48-17Idaho State 
Alonso, Mandy Virginia  DL Tackles, 5- Total, 4- solo, 2- sacks, 3- TFL W, 30-28Miami (FL)
Araiza, Matt  San Diego St. P/K 3 punts, 65.7 avg.FG: 2-2PAT- 6/6 BYE
Aranda, Dave  Baylor  Head Coach  L, 24-14Oklahoma State
Arias, Daniel  Colorado  WR  1 rush, 1 yd.1 rec., 18 yds. L, 37-14USC
Arroyo, Elijah Miami (FL) TE 1 rec.,7 yds.  L, 30-28Virginia
Arroyo, Marcus UNLV Head Coach  L, 24-17UTSA
Avalos, Andy Boise State Head Coach L, 41-31Nevada
Aybar, Wilfredo Stanford LB NO STATS W, 31-24Oregon
Banda, Ephraim  Utah State Def. Coord/Safeties L, 34-20BYU
Barr-Mira, Nicholas UCLA K FG-3/4PAT- 2/2 L, 42-23Arizona State
Borregales, Andrés Miami (FL) K FG: 0/1PAT: 4/4 L, 30-28Virginia
Calzada, Zach Texas A&M QB 12-20, 135 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
6 rushes, 6 yds., 1 TD
L, 26-22Mississippi State
Camarena, Evan  Portland State CB 3-tackles-2- solo W, 20-13Southern Utah
Canales, Mike “Chico” Maryland  Analyst  L, 51-14Iowa
Cardenas, Oscar UTSA TE 2 rec., 25 yds   W, 24-17UNLV
Cavazos, Lejond Ohio State  CB 1 tackle W, 52-13Rutgers
Coley, James Texas A&M TE Coach L, 26-22Mississippi State
Corral, Matt Ole Miss  QB 21/29, 213 yds. 1 TD 
10 rushes, 3 yds., 1 TD
L, 42-21Alabama
Corrales, Beau  North Carolina WR NO STATS W, 38-7Duke
Cristobal, Mario  Oregon  Head Coach L, 31-24Stanford 
Cropper, Jalen  Fresno St.  WR 5 rec., 73 yds. 1 TD L, 27–24Hawaii 
Cruz, Gunner  Arizona   QB NO STATS BYE
Davila, Peter Albany  DB Coach  L, 20-15Delaware 
Diaz, Manny Miami (FL) Head Coach  L, 30-28Virginia
Escobar, Alex  NM State RB NO STATS  L, 37-31San Jose State 
Escobar, Ivan  NM State DL NO STATS L, 37-31San Jose State 
Fernandez, Aaron  Southern Utah RGC/OL L, 20-13Portland State
Figueroa, Nick  USC DL NO STATS W, 37-14Colorado 
Flores, Reynaldo UTEP RB NO STATS Old Dominion 
Flores, Joah New Mexico  WR 1/1, 5 yds.  Air Force 
Flores, Justin  Maine  WR coach  BYE
Fuente, Justin  Virginia Tech  Head Coach  BYE
Flores, Reynaldo UTEP RB 4 rushes, 21 yds. 1 rec., 6 yds. W, 28-21Old Dominion
Garcia, Elijah  Rice  DL Tackles- 62- solo2- sacks 2- TFL W, 24-19Southern Miss 
Garcia, Jake  Miami (FL) QB NO STATS L, 30-28Virginia
Garcia, Julio UNLV OL 351 yds.- Total offense L, 24-17UTSA
Garcia, Xavier  Temple  Def. GA Memphis 
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah  NM State WR 6 rec., 90 yds., 2 TD L, 37-31San Jose State
Gonzalez, Billy  Florida WR/ Passing Game Coord.  L, 20-13Kentucky 
Gonzales, Christian  Colorado CB 4 tackles L, 37-14USC
Gonzales, Danny  New Mexico  Head Coach L, 38-10Air Force 
Gonzales, Paul TCU Safeties Coach  W, 32-27Texas
Gutierrez, Daniel  UNLV K 1/1- FG2/2- PAT L, 24-17UTSA
Hernandez, Dan Eastern Illinois  OL Coach L, 22-6Murray State
Hernandez, Zach  Cal Poly  DB 1 tackle L, 7-38Weber State 
Infante, Gabe  Temple RB Coach W, 34-31Memphis
Jackson, Jim  Rice  TE Coach  W, 24-19Southern Miss
Loya, Logan  UCLA WR NO STATS  L, 42-23Arizona State
Lozano, Alex Portland State LB 1- tackle  W, 20-13Southern Utah
Madrigal, Anthony  San Jose St. LB NO STATS W, 37-31New Mexico State
Magana, Jorge  Montana Tech LB NO STATS Montana State- Northern
Maldonado, Dino NM State QB NO STATS San Jose State
Maldonado, Gunner  Arizona  Safety NO STATS BYE
Martinez, Adrian  Nebraska  QB 11/17, 202 yds., 1 TD
8 rushes, 50 yds., 3 TD’s
W, 56-7Northwestern
Martinez, Cameron  Ohio State  SAF Tackles- 
7- total3- solo0.5- TFL 
W, 52-13Rutgers
Martinez, RJ NAU QB 26-45, 369 YDS, 3 TD
6 rushes, 68 yds., 1 TD
W, 48-17Idaho State 
Martinez, Marc Tarleton St.  LB coach L, 20-3Eastern Kentucky 
Martinez, Willie  Tennessee CB coach  L, 62-24Missouri
Mateos, Eric  Baylor  OL L, 24-14Oklahoma State
Matthews, Jesse San Diego St.  WR 2 rec., 13 yds.  BYE
Mejia, Christian  Washington St.  DL NO STATS W, 21-6California 
Melo, Lucas  Davenport University  Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line L, 31-7Michigan Tech
Mendez, Julian  Ottawa University  Offensive Coordinator  W, 45-22Tabor College 
Mirabal, Alex Oregon  OL Coach  L, 31-24Stanford
Montano, Abraham  Fresno State K NO STATS Hawaii 
Montero, Antonio Rice LB Tackles- 5-total, 1-solo, 0.5- TFL1- PD W, 24-19Southern Miss 
Morales, Kamari  North Carolina  TE 3 rec.,14 yds., 1 TD W, 38-7Duke 
Navarro, Jaime  San Jose St.  OL Total offense-402 yards W, 37-31New Mexico State
Navarro, Juan  NCCU  DL Coach L, 16-17Miss. Valley State
Navarro, Donny  Illinois  WR 1 rec., 6 yds.2 PR, 7 yds. L, 24-14Charlotte 
Nunez, Jay Eastern Michigan Sp. TeamsAssoc. HC L, 27-20NIU
Olave, Chris  Ohio State WR 5 rec.,119 yds., 2 TD W, 52-13Rutgers 
Ornelas, Jesse Central Oklahoma  RB Coach W, 69-28Lincoln 
Ortega, Josh  UTEP DE 3 tackles W, 28-21Old Dominion 
Ortega- Jones, Julian  Texas St.  WR  1 rec., 13 yds.  BYE
Ortiz, Angel Ottawa Univ. (AZ) WR Coach L, 52-34Arizona Christian
Pacheco, Isaih Rutgers RB 6 rushes, 8 yds.
2 rec.,18 yds.
L, 52-13Ohio State
Padilla, David Charleston Southern  Ass’t AD for Football BYE
Pagan, Justice  Portland State LB 5-tackles, 3 – solo W, 20-13Southern Utah 
Perales, David  Fresno State DL Tackles-5Solo- 2TFL- 1Sacks- 1 L, 27–24Hawaii 
Ponce, Frank  Appalachian State  Offensive Coordinator  W, 45-16Georgia State 
Ramirez, José Eastern Michigan DE 3 tackles L, 27-20NIU
Ramirez, Manny  Texas Southern OL Coach  W, 69-0North American Univ. 
Regalado, Marco Washington State Director of On-Campus Recruiting W, 21-6California 
Restrepo, Xavier Miami (FL) WR 1 rec., 45 yds.  L, 30-28Virginia
Reveles, Miguel La Verne Offensive Coordinator L, 35-14Cal Lutheran
Rivas, Eddie  Texas State OL Total Offense  – 448 yards  BYE
Rivas- Sandoval, Cesar Southeastern University  Head Coach W, 21-0Webber Int’l Univ. 
Rodriguez, Anthony  Portland State TE 1 rec.,11 yds. W, 20-13Southern Utah 
Rodriguez, Chris  Kentucky  RB 19 rushes, 99 yds., 1 TD Florida 
Rodriguez, Drew Towson St.  QB coach BYE
Rodriguez, Jacob Virginia  RB 1 rush, 5 yds. 2 rec., 24 yds.  W, 30-28Miami (FL)
Rodriguez, Joel FIU OL coach  L, 58-21FAU
Rodriguez, Juan  Fresno State  TE NO STATS  L, 27-24Hawaii 
Rodriguez, Justin  UTSA RB NO STATS W, 24-17UNLV
Rodriguez, Malcolm Oklahoma St. LB 11 tackles, 3-solo, 2-TFL2- QB Hurries  W, 24-14Baylor
Rodriguez, Oscar Akron Assoc. HC/ ILB L, 34-17Ohio
Rodriguez, Robert  Arizona St. DL coach W, 42-23UCLA
Rojas, Manny  Delaware  Def. Coordinator W, 20-15Albany
Rubio, Cruz  Cal Poly  LS NO STATS  L, 38-7Weber State 
Sanchez, Angel Montana Tech CB Total- 6Solo-3INT- 1 W, 23-13Montana State-Northern
Santa Cruz, Victor  Hawaii  Defensive Ends coach W, 27–24Fresno State
Santana, Bryce  New Mexico DE Total- 2 tackles, Air Force 
Santana, JuanCarlos  Tulsa  WR 1 rec.,12 yds. L, 45-10 Houston 
Segura, Justin  NM State DL Tackles- 2- total L, 37-31San Jose State
Silva, Cesar  Fresno State K FG-1/1PAT- 3/3 L, 27–24Hawaii 
Small, Seth Texas A&M  K FG- 3/3PAT- 1/1 L, 26-22Mississippi State
Sori-Marin, Mariano Minnesota  LB NO STATS W, 20-13Purdue
Soto, Anthony Lenoir-Rhyne  Offensive Coordinator/ /OL L, 35-28UVA Wise 
Steele, Chris  USC CB 2 tackles L, 37-14Colorado
Umana, Orlando  Ole Miss OL Total Offense- 291 yds.  L, 42-21Alabama
Velazquez, Alonzo Wyoming  OL NO STATS BYE
Ybarra, Austin Montana Tech LB NO STATS Montana State- Northern

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