West rides turnovers to 28-13 win in Shrine Game
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne had a fumble recovery to set up a touchdown and an interception in the second half to help the West defeat the East 28-13 in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein started for the East, but struggled. Trailed by questions about his throwing motion going in, he completed just 5 of 13 passes for 43 yards and an interception.
The West never trailed in the college showcase for NFL hopefuls and was sparked by a defense that had four turnovers, including an interception return for a score by former Kansas State cornerback Nigel Malone.
It also got a strong offensive effort from Texas A&M running back Christine Michael, who rushed for 42 yards and touchdown.
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott had the only passing touchdown of the game, finding Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis for a 57-yard score. Scott finished 3 of 4 for 81 yards.
Another West quarterback, Alex Carder (Western Michigan) also had a good passing day for the West, throwing for 95 yards. He did throw a late interception.
Bumphis was named the offensive MVP and Malone took the same honors for the defense.
The West controlled the game from out outset, compiling 18 first downs to the East's 11. The West team also held the ball on offense more than 12 minutes longer.
The East defense came away with four turnovers, but its offense was only able to turn one of them - a muffed punt late in the third quarter - into a touchdown.
Klein looked most comfortable when he was forced to scramble, and led his team in rushing with 35 yards. But neither he, nor any of the other East quarterbacks were able to find anybody in space for big plays.
The West turned a pair of East first-half turnovers into touchdowns as it built a 21-13 halftime lead.
East running back Ray Graham (Pittsburgh) fumbled on the first play of the game and it was recovered by Hawthorne inside the East 20.
West receiver Anthony Amos (Middle Tennessee State) scored on an end around six plays later to put West up 7-0.
That lead was 7-3 when Scott's 57-yard touchdown pass down the sideline to Bumphis pushed it to 14-3.
The West's defense got its second turnover of the half just six seconds later when Malone picked off Louisiana Tech's Colby Cameron and returned it 30 yards for a score.