ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – On the strength of Eli McGuire’s 18-yard touchdown run with 12:38 remaining, the West squad recorded a 10-3 victory over their East counterparts in the 92nd East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field.
McGuire finished with seven carries for 42 yards and earned the game’s Offensive Most Valuable Player honors, while Florida Atlantic defensive end Trey Hendrickson of the East team was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player. Hendrickson was credited with two tackles, including a sack, one quarterback pressure and one forced fumble.
“It was a showcase to prove that I’m more than a Conference-USA player, but a football player at the highest level,” said Hendrickson, who had 15.5 tackles, including 9.5 sacks, this past season for the Owls. “It was a blessing to get this East-West Shrine Game invite and have the opportunity to rush against some of the best in the country and show that I can rush against some of the best in the country.”
The West offense accounted for 329 total yards, with 191 yards coming through the air. Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt started the game by completing seven of his first eight passes for 68 yards and finished with 101 yards on 11-of-14 passing.
Idaho’s Austin Rehkow, who handled the placekicking and punting duties for the West, opened the scoring with a 27-yard field goal with 6:09 left in the first quarter. The East tied the content with 11:44 left in the second quarter on a 21-yard field goal by North Carolina’s Nick Weiler.
The East was limited to 37 rushing yards on 18 carries. A trio of quarterbacks – Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush, Southern Mississippi’s Nick Mullens and Alek Togerson of Pennsylvania, combined for 190 yards on 20-of-35 passing.
Arkansas defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. led all tacklers with eight, including 1.5 sacks. Wise was also credited with four quarterback hurries and one forced fumble.