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Baylor’s Dave Aranda, UNLV’s Marcus Arroyo lead way

Baylor coach Dave Aranda adds Oklahoma to list of victims

It was a good week for Latino coaches in college football. Marcus Arroyo earned his second consecutive victory as UNLV head coach with a 27-13 win over the University of Hawaii. Baylor’s Dave Aranda, led the Baylor Bears to a 27-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in Waco, Texas.

Aranda, who grew up admiring Hall of Famer Tom Flores, is a hot name among USC fans and his candidacy is being openly discussed in Los Angeles

We were also there for Akron interim head coach Oscar Rodriguez’s first game as head coach on Tuesday night in Kalamazoo, Mich., against Western Michigan.

Each week Our Esquina highlights and tracks all the Latino in College Football. Usually the main focus is on the players, but this week you cannot ignore the spotlight on the Latino coaches.

Rodriguez, the latest of the Latino coaches in college football, was placed in charge after the Akron fired of Tom Arth following a loss to Ball State. Akron, a 26-point underdog overcame two double digit deficits to take a 40-38 lead with just over two minutes remaining in the contest before succumbing to Western Michigan 45-40. 

Rodriguez received heavy praise from national commentators for the team’s performance. There are two games left in Akron’s season – Kent State and Toledo. 

Latino Offensive Player of the Week, Isaih Pacheco

Rutgers running back Isaih Pacheco had a nice day on the ground against Indiana. After suffering a 52-3 beatdown at Wisconsin a week ago, the Scarlet Knights exacted to atone against the Indiana Hoosers. 

Pacheco set the tone with 79 yards and two touchdowns, both in the first quarter of Rutgers’ 38-3 destruction of the slumping Hoosiers. Rutgers is now 5-5 and a win away from bowl eligibility. Indiana is 2-8.

Latino Defensive Player of the Week, Malcolm Rodriguez 

In Malcolm Rodriguez’s penultimate home game at Oklahoma State, the super senior linebacker notched nine tackles, including a tackle for loss in a 63-17 rout over Texas Christian. 

The 9-1 Cowboys head to Texas Tech this week before heading back to Stillwater to face the University of Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam rivalry game.  The Cowboys’ leading tackler is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, which recognizes the best linebacker in the FBS. 

The Rodriguez football playing legacy likely won’t end soon. Malcolm’s younger brother, Gabe is a standout junior quarterback and safety at Wagoner High School in Wagoner, Okla. 

Latino Special Teams Player of the Week, Matt Araiza

San Diego State’s Matt Araiza accounted for nearly half of the Aztecs’ points in a 23-21 win over the Nevada Wolfpack. He helped SDSU take sole possession of first place in the Western division of the Mountain West Conference.

Araiza’s 35- yard field goal with 1:21 remaining gave the Aztecs the win. 

The left-footed Araiza also is the Aztecs punter. He boomed punts of 60 yards, 57 yards twice and 62 yards.

Featured photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Aguilar, Luis NAU K FG- 1/1 L, 30-3 Montana  
Alcoser, Joe  Houston  DFO W, 37-8 Temple
Alonso, Mandy Virginia  DL 2 tackles, .5 TFL L, 28-3 Notre Dame 
Araiza, Matt  San Diego St. P/K FG-3/4PAT- 2/2  W, 23-21 Nevada
Aranda, Dave  Baylor  Head Coach  W, 27-14 Oklahoma
Arias, Daniel  Colorado  WR  4 rec.,70 yds.  L, 44-20 UCLA
Arroyo, Elijah Miami (FL) TE NO STATS L, 31-28Florida State
Arroyo, Marcus UNLV Head Coach  W, 27-13 Hawaii
Avalos, Andy Boise State Head Coach W, 23-13 Wyoming
Aybar, Wilfredo Stanford LB NO STATS L, 35-14 Oregon State
Banda, Ephraim  Utah State Def. Coord/Safeties W, 48-17 SJSU
Barr-Mira, Nicholas UCLA K FG-1/2PAT- 5/6 W, 44-20 Colorado
Borregales, Andrés Miami (FL) K FG- 0/0PAT- 4/4 L, 31-28Florida State
Calzada, Zach Texas A&M QB 24-42, 237 YDS, 2 INT L, 29-19 Auburn
Camarena, Evan  Portland State CB 1 pass breakup L, 49-20 Sacramento State
Canales, Mike “Chico” Maryland  Analyst  L, 40-21 Michigan State
Cardenas, Oscar UTSA TE 1 rec., 20 yds. W, 27-17 Southern Miss
Cavazos, Lejond Ohio State  CB NO STATS W, 59-31 Purdue 
Chavez, Isaiah  New Mexico  QB 2-7, 34 yds., 1 INT.7 rushes, 14 yds.  L, 31-17 Fresno State
Coley, James Texas A&M TE Coach L, 29-19 Ole Miss
Corral, Matt Ole Miss  QB 24-37, 247 YDS, 1 TD W, 29-19 Texas A&M
Corrales, Beau  North Carolina WR NO STATS L, 30-23 Pittsburgh
Cristobal, Mario  Oregon  Head Coach W, 38-24Washington State 
Cropper, Jalen  Fresno St.  WR 5 rec., 41 yds.2 rushes, 4 yds.  W, 36-7 New Mexico
Cruz, Gunner  Arizona   QB NO STATS L, 38-29 Utah
Davila, Peter Albany  DB Coach  W, 41-14 Morgan State
Diaz, Manny Miami (FL) Head Coach  L, 31-28 Florida State
Echevarria, Jesus  Washington St.  DL NO STATS L, 38-24 Oregon 
Escobar, Alex  NM State RB 1 rushes, 0 yds. 2 rec., 12 yds.  L, 59-3 Alabama
Escobar, Ivan  NM State DL NO STATS L, 59-3 Alabama
Fernandez, Aaron  Southern Utah RGC/OL L, 62-0 Weber State
Flores, Joah New Mexico  WR NO STATS L, 36-7 Fresno State
Flores, Justin  Maine  WR coach  W, 35-10 UMass
Fuente, Justin  Virginia Tech  Head Coach  W, 48-17 Duke
Flores, Reynaldo UTEP RB 1 rec., 12 yds.  L, 17-20 North Texas
Garcia, Albert  Fresno St.  DPP L, 40-14 Boise State
Garcia, Cole  Rice  DL 1 fumble recovery L, 42-21 WKU
Garcia, Elijah  Rice  DL 6 tackles, 1 QB Hurry L, 42-21 WKU
Garcia, Jake  Miami (FL) QB NO STATS L, 31-28Florida State
Garcia, Julio UNLV OL Total offense- 465 yds.  W, 27-13 Hawai
Garcia, Xavier  Temple  Def. GA L, 38-7 Houston
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah  NM State WR NO STATS L, 59-3 Alabama
Gonzalez, Billy  Florida WR/ Passing Game Coord.  W, 70-52 Samford
Gonzales, Christian  Colorado CB 7 tackles L, 44-20UCLA
Gonzales, Danny  New Mexico  Head Coach L, 36-7 Fresno State
Gonzales, Paul TCU Safeties Coach  W, 63-17 Oklahoma State
Gutierrez, Daniel  UNLV K FG- 1/1PAT- 4/4 W, 27-13 Hawaii
Hernandez, Dan Eastern Illinois  OL Coach BYE
Hernandez, Zach  Cal Poly  DB NO STATS W, 32-29 Idaho State
Infante, Gabe  Temple RB Coach L, 38-7 Temple 
Jackson, Jim  Rice  TE Coach  L, 42-21 WKU
Longoria, Esai Montana Tech OL 2 tackles W, 41-0 Montana Northern
Loya, Logan  UCLA WR NO STATS W, 44-20Colorado
Lozano, Alex Portland State LB 1 tackle L, 49-20 Sacramento State
Madrigal, Anthony  San Jose St. LB NO STATS L, 48-17 Utah State
Magana, Jorge  Montana Tech LB NO STATS W, 41-0 Montana Northern
Maldonado, Dino NM State QB NO STATS L, 59-3 Alabama
Maldonado, Gunner  Arizona  Safety NO STATS L, 38-29 Utah
Martinez, Adrian  Nebraska  QB BYE
Martinez, Cameron  Ohio State  SAF NO STATS W, 
Martinez, RJ NAU QB NO STATS L, 30-3 Montana  
Martinez, Marc Tarleton St.  LB coach L, 29-3 Abilene Christian
Martinez, Willie  Tennessee CB coach  L, 41-14 Georgia 
Mateos, Eric  Baylor  OL W, 27-14 Oklahoma
Matthews, Jesse San Diego State  WR 4 rec., 41 yds.  W, 23-21 Nevada
Mejia, Christian  Washington St.  DL 1 tackle L, 38-24 Oregon
Melo, Lucas  Davenport University  Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line L, 42-0 Grand Valley State
Mendez, Julian  Ottawa University  Offensive Coordinator  W, 55-17 Bethany College
Mirabal, Alex Oregon  OL Coach  W, 38-24 Washington State 
Montano, Abraham  Fresno State K NO STATS W, 36-7 New Mexico
Montero, Antonio Rice LB NO STATS L, 42-21 WKU
Morales, Kamari  North Carolina  TE 3 rec., 25 yds. L, 30-23 Pittsburgh
Navarro, Jaime  San Jose St.  OL Total Offense- 449 yds.  L, 48-17 Utah St. 
Navarro, Juan  NCCU  DL Coach W, 45-27 Howard
Navarro, Donny  Illinois  WR NO STATS BYE
Nunez, Jay Eastern Michigan Sp. TeamsAssoc. HC L, 34-26 Ohio
Olave, Chris  Ohio State WR 9 rec., 85 yds., 1 TD W, 59-31 Purdue 
Ornelas, Jesse Central Oklahoma  RB Coach L, 30-29 Central Missouri
Ortega, Josh  UTEP DE 2 tackles  L, 17-20 North Texas
Ortega- Jones, Julian  Texas St.  WR  3 rec., 42 yds.  L, 38-30 Georgia Southern 
Ortiz, Angel Ottawa Univ. (AZ) WR Coach W, 52-35 Oklahoma Panhandle State
Pacheco, Isaih Rutgers RB 21 rushes, 79 yds , 2 TD W, 38-3 Indiana
Padilla, David Charleston Southern  Ass’t AD for Football W, 32-24 Gardner-Webb
Pagan, Justice  Portland State LB 2 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 QB Hurry L, 49-20 Sacramento State
Perales, David  Fresno State DL 1 tackle W, 34-7 New Mexico
Ponce, Frank  Appalachian State  Offensive Coordinator  W, 31-7 South Alabama 
Ramirez, José Eastern Michigan DE 8 tackles, 0.5 TFL L, 34-26 Ohio
Ramirez, Manny  Texas Southern OL Coach  L, 52-49 Alabama A&M
Regalado, Marco Washington State Director of On-Campus Recruiting L, 38-24 Oregon
Restrepo, Xavier Miami (FL) WR 1 rec., 7 yds.  L, 31-28Florida State
Reveles, Miguel La Verne Offensive Coordinator L, 35-32 Chapman
Rivas, Eddie  Texas State OL Total Offense- 354 yds.  L, 38-30 Georgia Southern 
Rivas- Sandoval, Cesar Southeastern University  Head Coach W, 28-7 Florida Memorial 
Rodriguez, Anthony  Portland State TE NO STATS L, 49-20 Sacramento State
Rodriguez, Chris  Kentucky  RB 16 rushes, 114 yds., 1 TD W, 34-17 Vanderbily
Rodriguez, Drew Towson St.  QB coach L, 37-14 Elon 
Rodriguez, Jacob Virginia  RB NO STATS L, 28-3 Notre Dame
Rodriguez, Joel FIU OL coach  L, 50-10 MTSU
Rodriguez, Juan  Fresno State  TE 2 rec., 8 yds.  W, 36-7 New Mexico 
Rodriguez, Justin  UTSA RB NO STATS W, 27-17 Southern Miss
Rodriguez, Malcolm Oklahoma St. LB 9 tackles, 1 TFL W, 63-17 TCU
Rodriguez, Oscar Akron Assoc. HC/ ILB L, 45-40 Western Michigan
Rodriguez, Robert  Arizona St. DL coach W, 35-30 Washington
Rojas, Manny  Delaware  Def. Coordinator L, 51-27Richmond
Rubio, Cruz  Cal Poly  LS NO STATS W, 32-29 Idaho State
Salazar, Martin  Portland State DL NO STATS L, 49-20 Sacramento State
Sanchez, Angel Montana Tech CB NO STATS L, 35-21 Montana Western
Santa Cruz, Victor  Hawaii  Defensive Ends coach L, 27-13 UNLV
Santana, Bryce  New Mexico DE NO STATS L, 36-7 Fresno State
Santana, JuanCarlos  Tulsa  WR 4 rec., 51 yds., 1 TD W, 20-13 Tulane
Segura, Justin  NM State DL 1 tackle W, 59-3 Alabama 
Silva, Cesar  Fresno State K PAT- 2/2PAT- 4/4 W, 36-7 New Mexico 
Small, Seth Texas A&M  K FG- 2/2PAT-1/1 L, 29-19 Ole Miss 
Sori-Marin, Mariano Minnesota  LB 6 tackles, 1 TFL L, 27-22 Iowa 
Soto, Anthony Lenoir-Rhyne  Offensive Coordinator/ /OL W, 56-3 Catawba
Stone, Jr., Ron  Washington State LB 5 tackles L, 38-24 Oregon
Umana, Orlando  Ole Miss OL Total offense- 504 yds.  W, 29-19 Texas A&M
Velazquez, Alonzo Wyoming  OL Total offense- 288 yds.  L, 23-13 Boise State
Ybarra, Austin Montana Tech LB NO STATS W, 41-0 Montana Northern

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