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Big 12 recruits power Team USA's 55-0 blowout over Mexico

July, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Baylor recruits Bryce Petty and Tevin Reese and Texas A&M recruit Chris Henderson all had productive outings in Team USA's 55-0 victory over Mexico in the World Junior Football Championships Wednesday night in Canton, Ohio. 

The outcome never was in doubt after Team USA scored four touchdowns on its first six snaps, jumping to a 27-0 lead with 3:34 left in the first quarter of the 48-minute game.

Petty, a native of Midlothian, Texas, accounted for the third of those scores on a 53-yard scoring pass to Robert Bell.

And he later helped ice the victory with a 27-yard scoring toss to wide receiver Aaron Dobson on the first play of the fourth quarter to account for the final USA score. Petty finished by completing 6 of 8 passes for a game-high 136 passing yards.

Reese, a native of Temple, Texas, tied for the team lead with three receptions for 48 yards and also produced a 36-yard kickoff return.

And Henderson, a defensive tackle from Carter High School in Dallas, produced a sack for a swarming Team USA defense that limited Mexico to three first downs and 12 total yards. The Americans notched eight sacks in posting their second straight shutout.

Their big efforts have helped boost the United States into the championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday against Canada. 

Petty told the Canton Repository that the Americans have been expecting to meet up with the Canadians since before the tournament started.

"We've been gunning for Canada this entire tournament as far as that team being ranked No. 1 and we're No. 2," Petty said. "I'm sure we'll come out and be headhunting and be ready for them."

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