The Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon came to Texas to see the speed it won't see in Mexico.
The Tigres got just that and then some Friday night at Bulldawg Stadium.
Copperas Cove ran for 323 yards, getting four scores of at least 41 yards as the Dawgs' speed was too much for UANL in their 49-6 win.
"We had big plays," Cove head coach Jack Welch said. "Big plays is what got them – the athleticism of our guys made big plays."
No better example of Cove's playmaking ability came on than a third-quarter touchdown run from quarterback Orlando Thomas. A multi-sport standout, Thomas made a 77-yard run that garnered rave reviews from his coach.
"You can't coach that - that's Vontez Duff," said Welch, referring to the former Cove all-everything running back who went on to Notre Dame and the NFL. "That's what that is. The moves of Vontez Duff.
"With Orlando doing that - that's God-given. The bottom line is he just did tremendous things and that's what you try to do."
Thomas finished with 191 yards rushing on eight carries (23.9 yards per rush) and two scores.
On a second-and-three from Cove's 23-yard line, he went right, following his blockers while also weaving his way around Tigre defenders. Thomas, on the way to the sidelines, jumped over a fallen Cove blocker before sprinting down field.
He cut back left, where he had just UANL's Luis Torres between him and a touchdown. Thomas stiff-armed Torres, who grabbed the junior at the 15.
Thomas then spun, knocking Torres to the ground and running in for the touchdown.
"Whenever I have the ball in my hands, I want to score a touchdown," Thomas said. "I'm sure all the other guys feel the same way."
The 77-yarder wasn't even Thomas' longest run or score. After UANL (1-2) scored its only touchdown, cutting Cove's lead to 13-6 with 1:39 left in the first half, the Dawgs (3-0) went backward. A high snap went over quarterback Ryen King's head and he fell on the ball at the five.
Thomas went back in and went 95 yards, running along a caravan of blockers for the score.
Cove also had a 48-yard score from William Randolph, who had 13 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Fullback Brandon Hamilton went in from 41 yards out for Cove's seventh touchdown, running through a hold up the middle and outrunning the Tigre defense to the end zone.
"Our playmakers made big plays," Welch said.
Cove's defense got better as the game went along. In the first half, UANL scored its only points, but missed a pair of field goals. The Tigres also had nine of their 15 first downs.
The Dawgs did come up with stops early though, as Gene Gilbert blocked a pair of UANL punt tries, returning the first 10 yards for the game's opening touchdown.
UANL finished with 322 yards of offense, getting a 85-50 passing edge on the Dawgs.
Cove JV Gold def. Goldthwaite JV, 40-0 - At Goldthwaite, Andre White rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another, leading the JV Gold to a shutout win in its final nondistrict game. White scored twice in the first half, bookending 1-yard runs around a Naaman Young 64-yard scoring run.
Shaq Watson and Chauncey Cuffie also had rushing touchdowns, while White found Keenan Mack for a 15-yard passing touchdown in the third quarter.
Defensively, Tyler Griffon had an interception and Karim Sarhani added three tackles for loss. Sebastian Baxter made 4-of-6 extra points.
Cove JV Blue def. Shoemaker, 48-0 - At Cove, six different Bulldawgs scored touchdowns while the defense posted its second straight shutout.
Eric Antoniou (22 yards), Joseph Spruill (65), D'Anthony Graham (51), Robin Riley (21), Deion Adams (2) each scored on the runs, while Charles Strickland had a 69-yard catch and run.
The Bulldawgs blocked two punts and made two field goals.