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Malcolm Rodriguez key to Oklahoma State’s Bedlam victory

Matt Corral adds to Heisman resume

Malcolm Rodriguez and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are primed for the Big 12 title game. He was one of the Latino standouts of the last weekend of the FBS regular season football. 

Rodriguez will be one of several Latinos – whether coaches or players – participating in conference championship games.

On Friday Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal’s Ducks will seek revenge on the University of Utah in a rematch of the Nov, 20 meeting the Utes won 38-7. A day later, Utah State defensive coordinator Ephraim Banda and the Aggies face San Diego Statefor the Mountain West Championship

Wide receiver Jesse Matthews and punter/kicker Matt Araiza have made significant contributions to the Aztecs’ 11-win season. 

Baylor coach Dave Aranda will try to beat Malcolm Rodriguez and Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship game.

Latino Offensive Player of the Week, Matt Corral

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral completed 26 of 34 passing attempts for 234 yards with one touchdown in the Rebels’ 31-21 Egg Bowl victory over Mississippi State. Corral added another score on the ground, finishing with 45 yards on 12 carries. 

Latino Defensive Player of the Week, Malcolm Rodriguez

In his final Bedlam game, Oklahoma State senior linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez saved his best for last. Rodriguez was dominant in a 37-33 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. He finished with 11 tackles, including two sacks and a pass defended. 

Other memorable Latino defensive performers were defensive lineman Elijah Garcia of Rice University and David Perales of Fresno State University. 

Garcia completed his Rice football career in winning fashion. In front of the home crowd, Garcia’s seven tackles helped the Owls defeat the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 35-31. 

In a 40-9 win over San Jose State University, Perales was disruptive against the Spartans’ offense. In addition to four tackles and 1.5 sacks, Perales forced a fumble and notched a quarterback hurry and a pass defended. 

Latino Special Teams Player of the Week, Donny Navarro

Illinois punt returner Donny Navarro shone against Northwestern. Leading by seven with 6:43 left in the first quarter of the in-state rivalry game, the senior Navarro returned a punt 15 yards to the Illini 49- yard line.

Two plays later, a 39-yard touchdown pass gave the Illini an insurmountable two-score lead in an eventual 47-10 llini destruction of the visiting Northwestern Wildcats. 

The Illini ended the Wildcats’ seven-game stranglehold on the Land of Lincoln Trophy, awarded to the winner of the rivalry game. 

Navarro combined for 66 yards on three punt returns.  

At Our Esquina, where we amplify Latino voices and stories, we have tracked weekly contributions for every Latino player and coach in college football. If we missed one, please email JuanLozano@ouresquina so we can add that person to our tracker.

Alcoser, Joe Houston DFOW, 45-17 UCONN
Alonso, MandyVirginia DL2 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 0.5 TFLL, 29-24 Virginia 
Araiza, Matt San Diego St.P/KFG-2/4PAT- 3/3Punting average- 47.5 2 of 6 punts inside the 20 W, 27-16 Boise State
Aranda, Dave Baylor Head Coach W, 27-24 
Arias, Daniel Colorado WR 1 rec., 9 yds.L, 28-13 Utah
Arroyo, ElijahMiami (FL)TENO STATSW, 47-10 Duke
Arroyo, MarcusUNLVHead Coach L, 48-14 Air Force
Avalos, AndyBoise StateHead CoachL, 27-16 San Diego St. 
Aybar, WilfredoStanfordLBNO STATSL, 45-14 Notre Dame
Banda, Ephraim Utah StateDef. Coord/SafetiesW, 35-10 UNM
Barr-Mira, NicholasUCLAKFG- 2/2PAT- 4/4W, 42-14 California 
Borregales, AndrésMiami (FL)KFG- 4/4PAT- 4/4W, 47-10 Duke
Calzada, ZachTexas A&MQB20-35, 242 yds., 3 TDL, 27-24 LSU
Canales, Mike “Chico”Maryland Analyst W, 40-16 Rutgers
Cardenas, OscarUTSATENO STATSL, 45-23 North Texas
Cavazos, LejondOhio State CBNO STATSMichigan
Chavez, Isaiah New Mexico QBNO STATSUtah State 
Coley, JamesTexas A&MTE CoachL, 27-24 LSU
Corral, MattOle Miss QB26-34, 234 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT12 rushes, 45 yds, 1 TDW, 31-21 Mississippi State
Corrales, Beau North CarolinaWRNO STATSW, 34-30 NC State
Cristobal, Mario Oregon Head CoachW, 38-29 Oregon State
Cropper, Jalen Fresno St. WR7 rec., 76 yds, 1 TD2 rushes, 24 yds., 1 TDW, 40-9 SJSU
Cruz, Gunner Arizona  QBNO STATSL, 38-15Arizona St. 
Diaz, MannyMiami (FL)Head Coach W, 47-10 Duke
Echevarria, Jesus Washington St. DLNO STATSWashington
Escobar, Alex NM StateRB5 rushes, 17 yds. W, 44-27 UMASS
Escobar, Ivan NM StateDLNO STATSW, 44-27 UMASS
Figueroa, Nick USCDL2 tackles, 0.5 TFLL, 35-31 BYU
Flores, JoahNew Mexico WRNO STATSL, 35-10 Utah St. 
Flores, ReynaldoUTEPRB1 rush, 2 yds. L, 42-25 UAB
Garcia, Albert Fresno St. DPPW, 40-9 SJSU
Garcia, Cole Rice OLTotal yards- 429 yards W, 35-31 LA Tech
Garcia, Elijah Rice DL7 tackles0.5 sacks1 TFL1 QB Hurry W, 35-31 LA Tech
Garcia, Jake Miami (FL)QBNO STATSW, 47-10 Duke
Garcia, JulioUNLVOLTotal offense- 214 yds. L, 48-14 Air Force
Garcia, Xavier Temple Def. GAL, 38-14 Navy
Garcia- Castaneda, Isaiah NM StateWR4 rec., 67 yds. W, 44-27 UMass
Gonzalez, Billy FloridaWR/ Passing Game Coord. W, 24-21 Florida State
Gonzales, Christian ColoradoCB6 tackles L, 28-13 Utah
Gonzales, Danny New Mexico Head CoachL, 35-10 Utah State
Gonzales, PaulTCUSafeties Coach W, 48-14 Iowa State
Gutierrez, Daniel UNLVKFG- 0/0PAT- 2/2W, 48-14 Air Force
Infante, Gabe TempleRB CoachL, 38-14 Navy
Jackson, Jim Rice TE Coach W, 35-31 LA Tech
Loya, Logan UCLAWRNO STATSW, 42-14 California
Madrigal, Anthony San Jose St.LBNO STATSL, 40-9 Fresno St.
Maldonado, DinoNM StateQBNO STATSW, 44-27 UMass
Maldonado, Gunner Arizona Safety4 tackles L, 38-15 Arizona State
Martinez, Adrian Nebraska QBNO STATSL, 28-21 Iowa
Martinez, Cameron Ohio State SAF1 tackle W, 42-27 Michigan 
Martinez, Willie TennesseeCB coach W, 45-21 Vanderbilt 
Mateos, Eric Baylor OLW, 27-24 Texas Tech
Matthews, JesseSan Diego State WR9 rec., 133 yds., 1 TDW, 27-16 Boise State
Mejia, Christian Washington St. DLNO STATSW, 40-13 Washington
Mirabal, AlexOregon OL Coach W, 38-29 Oregon State
Montano, Abraham Fresno StateKNO STATSW, 40-9 SJSU
Montero, AntonioRiceLBNO STATSW, 35-31 LA Tech
Morales, Kamari North Carolina TE2 rec., 26 yds.NC State
Navarro, Jaime San Jose St. OLTotal yards- 324 yardsL, 40-9 Fresno St.
Navarro, Donny Illinois WR3 punt returns, 66 yds. W, 47-14 Northwestern
Nunez, JayEastern MichiganSp. TeamsAssoc. HCL, 31-10 Central Michigan
Olave, Chris Ohio StateWR7 rec., 88 yds.W, 42-27 Michigan
Ortega, Josh UTEPDENO STATSL, 42-25 UAB
Ortega- Jones, Julian Texas St. WR NO STATSW, 24-22 Arkansas State
Pacheco, IsaihRutgersRB14 rushes, 80 yds. 2 rec., 4 yds. L, 40-16 Maryland 
Padilla, Alex IowaQB6-14, 76 yds.W, 28-21, Nebraska 
Perales, David Fresno StateDL4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 TFL, 1 pass defended, 1 QB hurryW, 40-9 SJSU
Ponce, Frank Appalachian State Offensive Coordinator W, 27-3 Georgia State
Ramirez, JoséEastern MichiganDE3 tacklesW, 31-10 Central Michigan
Regalado, MarcoWashington StateDirector of On-Campus RecruitingW, 40-13 Washington
Restrepo, XavierMiami (FL)WR2 rec., 30 yds., 1 TD W, 47-10 Duke
Rivas, Eddie Texas StateOLTotal Offense- 301 yds. W, 24-22 Arkansas State 
Rodriguez, Chris Kentucky RB16 rushes, 121 yds., 1 TDW, 52-21 Louisville 
Rodriguez, JacobVirginia RBNO STATSL, 29-24, Virginia Tech
Rodriguez, JoelFIUOL coach L, 37-17 Southern Miss
Rodriguez, Juan Fresno State TE5  rec., 35 yds., 1 TDW, 40-9 SJSU
Rodriguez, Justin UTSARBNO STATSL, 45-23 North Texas
Rodriguez, MalcolmOklahoma St.LB11 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 TFL, 1 pass defendedW, 37-33 Oklahoma 
Rodriguez, OscarAkronInterim HCAssoc. HC/ ILBL, 49-14 Toledo
Rodriguez, Robert Arizona St.DL coachW, 38-15 Arizona 
Santa Cruz, Victor Hawaii Defensive Ends coachW, 38-14 Wyoming 
Santana, Bryce New MexicoDENO STATSL, 35-10 Utah State
Santana, JuanCarlos Tulsa WR4 rec., 45 yds.W, 34-31 Tulsa 
Segura, Justin NM StateDLNO STATSW, 44-27 UMass 
Silva, Cesar Fresno StateKNO STATSW, 40-9 SJSU
Small, SethTexas A&M KFG- 1/1PAT -3/3 L, 27-24 LSU
Sori-Marin, MarianoMinnesota LB7 tackles , 0.5 TFLW, 23-13 Wisconsin 
Steele, Chris USCCB3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFLL, 35-31 BYU
Stone, Jr., Ron Washington StateLB3 tackles, 1 TFL W, 40-13 Washington 
Umana, Orlando Ole MissOLTotal offense- 388 yds. W, 31-21 Mississippi State
Velazquez, AlonzoWyoming OLTotal offense- 305 yds. W, 38-14 Hawaii 

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