(TAMPA, Fla.) The winner of the 87th East-West Shrine Game® was not decided until the final seconds – making the game exciting and memorable for everyone.
The stellar play of B.J. Coleman helped the East squad take an early lead. The quarterback from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga completed 10 out of 15 passes for 170 yards and threw a 17-yard touchdown to B.J. Cunningham.
After a 3-yard touchdown run by Colorado University quarterback Tyler Hansen, the West squad fought back and took a 14-10 lead in the second quarter. Hansen impressed NFL scouts by completing 12 of 17 passes for 144 yards.
Late in the fourth quarter, the game was tied 17-17. The West team was driving down the field and needed to score to avoid the game ending in a tie. According to official East-West Shrine Game rules, there is no overtime or sudden death.
With 45 seconds left in the game, West squad running back Lennon Creer ran for a 9-yard touchdown, giving his team a 24-17 victory. Creer, from Louisiana Tech University, had 15 carries for 80 yards and was selected as the offensive MVP of the game.
Safety Nick Sulkay, of the East squad, was named defensive MVP. Sulkay, from Penn State University, had a key interception in the fourth quarter.
With the victory, the West team ended a three-game losing streak, and now leads the overall series with 46 wins to the East’s 34. Five of the games have ended in a tie.
For the first time, the longest running college all-start football game was played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Shriners organizations enjoy tremendous community support in the Tampa Bay area, which is home to Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Tampa and Shriners International Headquarters. In fact, attendance was nearly double last year’s figures.
On the Sunday leading up to the East-West Shrine Game, players visited Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa and learned more about the work of the health care system. Raising awareness of Shriners Hospitals for Children is a primary purpose of the game. During the hospital visit, players participated in several activities with the patients. For many players, the interaction with the patients was the highlight of the weeklong experience.
The East-West Shrine Game staff would like to thank all the players for their support and participation, and wish them the best of luck with their football careers.
About the East-West Shrine Game
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game in the country and features some of the highest-rated players in the projected NFL draft ranking. While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Learn more at www.shrinegame.com.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.