Kafka's late TD pass boosts East over West
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Northwestern's Mike Kafka connected with Penn State's Andrew Quarless on a two-yard touchdown pass with six seconds remaining to give the East a 13-10 victory over the West in the 85th edition of the East-West Shrine Game.
Kafka completed 18-of-27 passes for 150 yards for the East, which snapped a three-game slide in the series with a 24-19 victory last year. Blair White of Michigan State hauled in seven passes for 93 yards. Ole Miss' Joshua Shene made a pair of field goals for the victors.
Max Hall of BYU connected on 7-of-12 passes for 119 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for the West, which had three turnovers in the game. BYU's Dennis Pitta led the receiving corps with four catches for 72 yards. Ryan Moya of UCLA had a TD catch in defeat.
Trailing 6-3 early in the fourth, the West put together a five-play, 78-yard scoring drive to go in front. Nathan Overbay and Pitta made catches of 41 and 17 yards, respectively, to move the ball to the East eight-yard line. Hall then found Moya in the end zone to give the West a 10-6 margin with seven minutes to play.
The East drove into the red zone on the ensuing possession, but couldn't convert on 4th-and-6.
Following a punt by the West, the East took over at its own 45 with 1:49 to go. Kafka and the East converted on three third downs during the 11-play game- winning drive.
Freddie Barnes of Bowling Green highlighted the march with three consecutive catches of 12, seven, and 10 yards. Faced with a 2nd-and-10 from the West 11, Kafka eluded a sack and scrambled for nine yards. The East called a timeout with 12 seconds left before Kafka found Quarless in the back of the end zone for the victory.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Texas' Hunter Lawrence got the West on the board by making a 47-yard field goal with 5:56 left.
Shene made a pair of field goals -- 44 and 40 yards -- in the final 2:15 of the half to give the East a 6-3 edge at the break.
Neither team scored in the third, setting up the exiting finish.
Kafka was named Offensive MVP and linebacker O'Brien Schofield of Wisconsin took home Defensive MVP honors for the East...The West owns a 45-35-5 advantage in the all-time series...UConn's Andre Dixon led the East's rushing attack with 24 yards on seven carries...North Dakota State's Pat Paschall carried the ball seven times for 28 yards for the West...Romeo Crennel was the head coach of the East, while Marty Schottenheimer directed the West. Crennel, who just last week signed on to become the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs, spent four years (2005-08) as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, a position held at one time by Schottenheimer in the 1980s before the latter took the reins for KC between 1989-1998.
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