TCU’s David Porter scored the game-winning touchdown in Saturday afternoon’s rain-soaked College Gridiron Showcase at Maverick Stadium.
Porter’s 46-yard reception in the fourth quarter lifted the Wranglers to a 10-7 win over the Desperados in an inaugural all-star game for college seniors from all divisions.
The Gridiron Showcase was created to give college seniors who weren’t in the mix for games such as the Reese’s Senior Bowl or East-West Shrine Game some additional exposure before pro scouts.
Representatives from the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League were on hand all week during practices and drills leading up to the game.
The long scoring throw from Wranglers quarterback Phillip Sims — out of Winston-Salem State after stints at Alabama and Virginia — was the only big offensive play in a game marred by wet conditions and dominated by punts.
Porter led all receivers with 61 yards on two catches.
The DeSoto graduate caught 39 passes for 392 yards and three touchdowns for the 12-1 Horned Frogs this past season.
Texas receiver John Harris, considered a potential third-day pick in the NFL Draft, caught three passes for 16 yard for the Desperados.
Both sides struggled to move the ball throughout the first half. If it wasn’t for a pair of turnovers setting up short fields, neither side likely would have scored.
The Wranglers scored first after turning a muffed punt into a 21-yard field goal by Colorado State’s Jared Roberts in the final minute of the opening quarter.
The Desperados took a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter after defensive end Carlos Thompson of Mississippi knocked the ball free from Sims.
Saginaw Valley State tight end Andrew Dillon, lined up in the backfield, powered it in from the 1 for the game’s first touchdown.
▪ The head coaches were former Cowboys tight end Doug Cosbie (Wranglers) and one-time star Oklahoma running back Marcus Dupree (Desperados).
▪ Other players with area ties included Arkansas defensive back Tevin Mitchel from Mansfield (Legacy), Texas A&M safety Floyd Raven, Baylor receiver Levi Norwood, North Texas offensive linemen Cyril Lemon and Antonio Johnson, and Texas A&M-Commerce defensive linemen Charles Tuaau and Ashton Dorsey.