The West All-Stars scored a 21-17 victory over the East All-Stars in the 2019 East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The West defense set the tone by forcing three turnovers, and the offense converted two of those into touchdowns en route to building a 21-point lead early in the third quarter. West quarterbacks Brett Rypien, Easton Stick and Marcus McMaryion combined for 212 passing yards and two touchdowns in the win.
Terry Godwin led the comeback bid for the East with two touchdown receptions.
The West were in firm control for the entire first half and a majority of the third quarter.
While the defense locked down the East offense, Rypien and his fellow West quarterbacks helped slowly build what seemed like an insurmountable lead.
The Boise State quarterback found LSU running back Nick Brossette for the game's opening score:
Nebraska's Devine Ozigbo scampered in from two yards out to increase the lead to 14:
Easton Stick, who recently led North Dakota State to its seventh FCS national championship in the past eight years, connected with Arizona's Shawn Poindexter to make it 21-0 in the third:
The East scored two touchdowns in the final three minutes of the third quarter to get back in the game, though. Godwin from Georgia was on the receiving end of both scoring throws from Purdue quarterback David Blough.
Although the East added a 47-yard field goal from Utah's Matt Gay, it couldn't complete the furious comeback. It had time for one final play when it got the football back, but the hook-and-ladder attempt couldn't create a miracle finish.
Godwin was named the top offensive player for his two-score day. Oregon linebacker Justin Hollins took home honors as the top defensive player.
The postseason All-Star schedule continues with the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which is currently ongoing, and next Saturday's Senior Bowl before draft prospects head to Indianapolis for the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine starting in late February.