ORLANDO, Fla. (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-
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.