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The rosters for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl were a little mismatched, as the National team ran away with the game 34-0 over the American team. Photo by Jason Lewis
Inglewood High School's marching band performed before the game and at halftime. Photo by Jason Lewis
CARSON (CNS) - Dayne Crist, a former standout at Notre Dame High Schoolin Sherman Oaks who went on to play college football at Notre Dame and Kansas,accounted for the first two touchdowns and was named as the most valuableplayer in the National team's 34-0 victory over the American team in today'ssecond annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at The Home Depot Center. Crist ran one yard for a touchdown, two minutes, 48 seconds into thesecond quarter, capping a 14-play, 84-yard drive, then threw a seven-yard passto Luke Wilson of Rice for a touchdown on the National's next possession. Adam Yates of South Carolina kicked a 41-yard field goal 45 secondsbefore halftime, increasing the National's lead to 17-0. Yates kicked a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter and Jeffrey Tuelof Washington State threw a nine-yard pass to Xavier Boyce of Norfolk Statelater in the third quarter. Eric Stephens Jr. of Texas Tech scored the only touchdown of the fourthquarter on a one-yard run with 10:19 remaining. Crist, who divided time with two other quarterbacks, completed seven of10 passes for 61 yards. Crist said he was ``incredibly thankful'' for the opportunity to haveplayed in the game organized by the National Football League PlayersAssociation, the union representing the league's players. ``The NFLPA has put on a great event all week long,'' Crist said. ``For as much as the football aspect is appreciated, so is the coachingexperience, so is the insight you gain from former players. In every meetingthat I was in, regardless of if it was football-related or talking aboutanother topic, my pen didn't stop moving because everyone that spoke has doneit the right way and I just wanted to mimic and emulate that.'' Tuel was eight-for-eight for 64 yards and Ryan Higgins of Fordham fourfor 11 for 42 yards. The American team, which was coached by former New York Jets and KansasCity Chiefs coach Herman Edwards, lost three fumbles, while one of itsquarterbacks, Brad Sorensen of Southern Utah, threw two interceptions. Sorensen completed eight of 16 passes for 78 yards. The American team'sstarting quarterback, Jordan Rodgers of Vanderbilt, the younger brother ofGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, completed eight of 11 passes for91 yards. The National team, coached by Dick Vermeil, who guided the St. LouisRams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV and coached the Philadelphia Eagles andKansas City Chiefs, led in yards, 239-193, first downs, 14-13, and time ofpossession, 36:45-23:15. The crowd was announced at 5,530. An attendance figure was not announcedfor last year's game, but the crowd appeared to be about 3,000. The game will be played at The Home Depot Center again next year, GeorgeAtallah, the National Football League Players Association's assistantexecutive director of external affairs told City News Service. The National Football League Players Association conducts the gamebecause ``it's important for us to reach out to our future members,'' Atallahsaid. ``We believe that not only will they have first-rate facilities, first-rate coaching staffs and a first-rate football experience, but I think theythey'll have a first-rate life and professional experience,'' Atallah said.``For us, it's about combining the best in football and their best in theirpreparation for their life as a professional.''
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