(St. Petersburg, FL) Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has showcased future NFL greats playing for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children. Eli McGuire, running back for Louisiana-Lafayette hopes NFL scouts will notice him for his performance in the 92nd annual classic leading the West team to a 10-3 victory over the East. McGuire scored the game’s only touchdown with an 18-yard scamper with 12:38 left in the fourth quarter.
Up to that point, the game was tied at 3-3 with field goals by the West’s Austin Rehkow (Idaho) from 27 yards with 6:02 left in the first quarter and Nick Weiler’s (North Carolina) 21-yarder four minutes into the second quarter.
The East had a chance to tie the game when Deangelo Yancey (Purdue) recovered muffed punt at the East 13 yard line with 6:20 left in game, but Calvin Munson (SD State) recovered a De’Veon Smith (Michigan) fumble inside the 5-yard line to thwart that opportunity.
Eli McGuire was voted the game’s MVP by the media covering the game.
Coaches for the 2017 East-West Shrine Game were Arizona Cardinals Defensive Line Coach Brentson Buckner for the East squad and Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards called plays for the West team.
(St. Petersburg, FL) The NFL is partnering with the historic East-West Shrine Game to increase development opportunities for coaches and draft-eligible players, the league announced today.
The NFL will supply the coaching staffs for the two teams from among current league assistant coaches whose teams do not advance to the playoffs. The NFL will also provide the game officials for the contest, which features some of college football’s best prospects.
The 92nd annual East-West Shrine Game will kick off at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 21, from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and be televised live on NFL Network.
“The East-West Shrine Game is not only a showcase for tremendous athletes who have a dream of playing at the next level, it is also a venue for upwardly mobile coaches in the NFL,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT. “This is an opportunity to further develop, evaluate and showcase our assistant coaches who may be our next generation of head coaches.”
At the conclusion of the NFL regular season, teams will nominate deserving assistant coaches who will be reviewed by a panel that includes NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Game leadership and two members of the NFL’s General Managers Advisory Committee. Once the head coaches are selected, each head coach will then fill his 12-person staff from among other NFL assistant coaches nominated by the clubs, a key job requirement for head coaches at every level of the sport.
Coaches nominated by NFL clubs must be active assistant coaches who display extraordinary teaching and communications skills, and are recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. The coaches must be accomplished at developing and preparing players to compete in the NFL.
“It is an honor for the East-West Shrine Game to partner with the NFL to promote opportunities for professional growth and development not only for our outstanding players, but also for the potential future generation of head coaches in the league,” said HAROLD RICHARDSON, executive director of the East-West Shrine Game. “We are proud to be able to provide a national stage for some of football’s greatest talents to develop their skills and showcase their abilities, all while supporting an exceptional cause.”
For more than 90 years, some of football’s greatest players and coaches have contributed to the tradition of the East-West Shrine Game, the nation’s first college all-star football game. Created by the Shriners in 1925, the game is driven by the desire to support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to help children in need of expert medical care. Participating players make an annual visit to the local Shriners Hospital, visiting children and staff in an experience that they will truly never forget.
(Tampa, FL) No. 20 Florida dominated the Outback with stingy defense and a persistent offense that did its job, too.
Chauncey Gardner, Jr., returned one of his two fourth-quarter interceptions 58 yards for a touchdown, and graduate transfer Austin Appleby threw for 222 yards and two TDs to pace Monday’s 30-3 rout of No. 21 Iowa.
With Gardner grabbing game MVP honors, the Gators (9-4) held up their end of what many expected to be a day defense ruled , especially considering Florida entered ranked 115th in the nation in total offense — five spots ahead of the sputtering Hawkeyes.
Conversely, the teams were sixth and 24th, respectively, in total defense.
“The MVP, it goes to our guys up front, the linebackers and the coaching staff because they put me in good position to make plays. … It should be a team MVP,” Gardner said. “Our motto is just go out there and have fun, and play our game.”
Mark Thompson scored on an 85-yard pass play in the first half and Appleby, who spent the past four seasons at Purdue, tossed a 6-yard TD pass to DeAndre Goolsby to break the game open late in the third quarter.
Florida (9-4) rebounded from lopsided losses to archrival Florida State and No. 1 Alabama, scoring more points on Iowa (8-5) than the Hawkeyes allowed to Michigan, Illinois and Nebraska combined while ending the regular season on a three-game winning streak.
“It was a tough day for our football team,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Our team really had a good month, they practiced and prepared well. I’m not sure there’s a thing I’d go back and change. Ultimately, we didn’t play well enough to come up with a victory.”
Iowa’s C.J. Beathard led an early field goal drive and managed to get his team close to the end zone on two other occasions. Florida’s defense stiffened both times, stopping the Hawkeyes on downs at the Gator 3 in the second quarter and forcing them to settle for a 30-yard field goal that sailed wide right midway through the third quarter.
Appleby, who actually began his career at Purdue against Iowa, shrugged off throwing interceptions on Florida’s first two drives of the day to finish 14 of 25 passing.
“We didn’t panic early. We knew Iowa would come out swinging and make some plays on us early,” Appleby said. “We had some bad luck, but didn’t panic, and the defense made some stops and we got on a roll.”
Akrum Wadley ran for 115 yards, giving Iowa a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season for the first time. The junior finished with 1,081, and LeShun Daniels wound up with 1,058 after gaining 45 Monday.
(St. Petersburg, FL) Nelson Adams blocked Nick Dowd’s potential game winning field goal with 5 seconds left in the game lifting the Bulldogs to a dramatic 17-16 comeback win over Miami (OH) in the St. Petersburg Bowl Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
The Red Hawks muzzled the Bulldogs offense for most of the game by slowing the pace and keeping Mississippi State out of their usual quick paced rhythm. Miami (OH) drove down the field on their opening possession but had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by Nick Dowd. Miami (OH) led 3-0 after the first quarter.
Quarterback Gus Ragland, completed a 6 yard touchdown pass to James Gardner midway through the second quarter to extend the Red Hawks lead to 9-0 after a blocked extra point. A sign of things to come at the end of the game.
Mississippi State (6-7) finally got on the board with :22 seconds left in the half when Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald bulldogged his way into the end zone from 2 yards out to pull his team within 9-7 at the midway break.
Gus Ragland led Miami (OH) (6-7) on an 8 play, 85-yard scoring drive early in the third quarter capping it off with a short, one-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Smith to make it 16-7.
The Bulldogs responded when QB Nick Fitzgerald broke to the outside and rumbled 44 yards for a touchdown pulling Mississippi State to within 16-14 with 4:15 left in the 3rd.
Early in the 4th quarter after Fitzgerald ran the ball 26 yards to the Miami (OH) 38. A hit to the head penalty by Deondre Daniels added an additional 15 yards setting up Westin Graves 36 yard field goal, which would prove to be the game winner.
Both starting quarterbacks were named game MVP’s. Bulldogs QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 13 of 26 passes for 126 yards and ran the ball 18 times for 142 yards. Red Hawks quarterback Gus Ragland went 21-29 for 257 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 INT and rushed for 51 yards on 17 carries.
Both teams combined for 768 total yards, 4th highest in St. Pete Bowl history.
Post game comments from both head coaches are below:
Miami (OH) dropped their first six games of the season and then won six straight to become bowl eligible.
Today’s game was broadcast on ESPN with Dave LaMont, Rene Ingoglia and Chris Doering and on ESPN Radio.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and St. Petersburg resident Mike Alstott is the Honorary Game Chairman for this year’s St. Pete Bowl. He also took part in the opening coin toss.
38 current players in the NFL have played in the 8 previous St. Petersburg Bowls including Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders), Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars), T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) and Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons). In all, 133 players in the St. Pete Bowl have been drafted by NFL teams.
Mississippi State is the first SEC team to play in the St. Pete Bowl. Miami (OH) is the third MAC team to take part, the others Ball State in 2012 and Ohio in 2013.
Uniform shuffle: Miami University wore the visitor uniforms of red helmets, white jerseys and red pants. Mississippi State wore the home uniforms of all maroon helmets, jerseys and pants.
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(Las Vegas, NV) Donnel Pumphrey, Jr. became college football’s all-time leading rusher leading his San Diego Aztecs to a 34-10 victory over the Houston Cougars in the 25th Las Vegas Bowl Saturday afternoon at Sam Boyd Stadium. Pumphrey rushed for 115 yards on 19 carries with the record breaker coming in the 4th quarter on a 15-yard jaunt that broke Ron Dayne’s record set between 1996-1999.
The Houston Cougars (9-4) defense effectively stifled Pumphrey in the first quarter holding the senior running back to -1 yard rushing. A 30-yard run early in the second quarter opened the floodgates and he and never looked back.
The Cougars took the early lead on a Ty Cummings 31-yard field goal with 6:38 left in the first quarter and scored again on their next possession when quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. ran it in from 2 yards out. That would be the extent of Ward’s success on a chilly day in the desert as he was intercepted 4 times and sacked 7 times by a ferocious Aztec defense.
A pair of John Baron field goals pulled the Aztecs to within 10-6 at the half.
Five minutes into the 3rd quarter, Calvin Munson picked off Greg Ward’s pass setting up Donnel Pumphries’ 32 yard touchdown run, giving San Diego State a lead they would not relinquish.
On the next series, Ward was intercepted again as Ron Smith returned it 54 yards for a touchdown.
Pumphrey broke the record early in the fourth quarter with a 15-yard burst to the outside and down the sideline before going out of bounds. His teammates knew that was the run that did it and swarmed around him to celebrate.
San Diego State spoiled Major Applewhite’s debut as head coach of the Houston Cougars. Applewhite was recently promoted from his offensive coordinator position.
Donnel Pumphrey was voted the game’s MVP by the media covering the game.
Major Applewhite made his debut as the Cougars Head Coach in today’s game. He had been Houston’s offensive coordinator.
Today’s game was broadcast on ABC-TV with Brent Musburger calling the play-by-play for the seventh time. Jesse Palmer did the color commentary and Kaylee Hartung handled the sideline reporting.
Alabama Crimson broadcaster Eli Gold called the game for USA for Sports USA Radio Network with former college football coach Gary Barnett doing the color commentary.
Brent Musburger was inducted into the Las Vegas Bowl Hall of Fame at Friday’s kickoff luncheon at the Hard Rock Hotel. He will also be calling the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2nd where Auburn will play Oklahoma.
The Houston Cougars are the first team from Texas to play in the Las Vegas Bowl. San Diego State is playing in its second Las Vegas Bowl and first since 1998.
Houston played one regular season game in Sam Boyd Stadium in 1989 handing UNLV a 69-0 loss led by eventual Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Andre Ware.
Now in its 25th year, the Las Vegas Bowl is the 16th oldest bowl game out of the current 40 being played. It was formerly the “California Raisin Bowl” played in Fresno, CA.
Uniform Shuffle: San Diego State, the home team in today’s game, wore black jerseys and black pants with red helmets. Houston, the visiting team, wore red jerseys, red pants and white helmets.
Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey, Jr., a Las Vegas native who played high school football at Canyon Springs just 18 miles from Sam Boyd Stadium, broke Ron Dayne’s all-time collegiate rushing record of 6,397 yards set between 1996-99 with a 15 yard run in the 4th quarter. He needed 108 yards today to set a new mark.