ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Nick Shimonek threw a touchdown to Steven Dunbar and the West defeated the East, 14-10, in the annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field.
The Texas Tech quarterback completed 12 of 18 passes for 108 yards to lead the West. Colorado’s Phillip Lindsay was the game’s leading rusher with 51 yards on 12 carries.
Dunbar, a wide receiver from the University of Houston, caught three passes for 52 yards. With the West trailing 10-7, he caught the winning touchdown with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter.
Wisconsin’s Natrell Jamerson put the West on the board with a 68-yard fumble recovery for a 7-0
After a Drew Brown field goal from 33 yards cut the East’s deficit to 7-3 with just three seconds left in the first half, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett hooked up with Slippery Rock receiver Marcus Martin on a 4-yard touchdown pass to give the East the lead with 1:57 remaining in the third quarter.
Barrett threw for just 69 yards on 5-of-13 passing, but it led the East. Northern Iowa’s Daurice Fountain led all receivers with 61 yards on three catches.
The West outgained the East 261-238 in total yards.
Nationals win in Pasadena
The National team scored all of its points in the second half and shut out the American team, 23-0, on Saturday in the seventh NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Stanford fullback Daniel Marx and Howard running back Anthony Philyaw ran for touchdowns and LSU defensive tackle Frank Herron capped the scoring late in the fourth quarter with a fumble return for a touchdown.
The National team has won all seven Collegiate Bowls, a game for players on the bubble in regard to the 2018 NFL Draft. The previous six games were played at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Herron’s scoop and 22-yard score on a fumble by Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback Luis Perez with 2:50 left sealed the outcome.
Moments earlier, Penn State linebacker Troy Apke intercepted a pass by Michigan quarterback John O’Korn and returned it 56 yards to the American 11-yard line.
Apke was named the game’s MVP.
The Nationals’ scoring came on a 1-yard run by Marx followed by a 22-yard field goal from Washington State kicker Erik Powell and then a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter by Philyaw.
The National team’s defense held the Americans to 215 total yards.