ST. PETERSBURG — Jimmy Garoppolo threw a short second-quarter touchdown pass and Nevin Lawson returned a fourth-quarter fumble 5 yards for another TD to lead the East to a 23-13 victory in the 89th East-West Shrine game at Tropicana Field on Saturday.
Toledo wide receiver Bernard Reedy, of St. Petersburg, caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Washington’s Keith Price early in the third quarter. Reedy finished with four receptions for 46 yards.
Coastal Carolina’s Matt Hazel scored on the 1-yard scoring pass from Garoppolo, the Eastern Illinois standout who completed nine of 14 passes for 100 yards and no interceptions. Arkansas’ Zach Hocker kicked three field goals for the East, including a 56-yarder that snapped a 13-13 tie early in the fourth quarter.
Lawson, a cornerback from Utah State, scooped up a fumble forced by Western Kentucky’s Andrew Jackson to put the East up 23-13 with 9:38 to go.
Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois started at quarterback for the East and threw a pair of first-quarter interceptions while also failing to get his team into the end zone after Ball State’s Keith Wenning lost a fumble for the West on the second play of the game.
Hoping to capitalize on the quick turnover, Lynch overthrew potential scoring passes to Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon and Miami’s Allen Hurns before the East settled for a 31-yard field goal. Two of his next three passes were intercepted by Arizona State’s Alden Darby and Arizona’s Shaquille Richardson.
Lynch, finished two of seven passing for 3 yards. Garoppolo’s TD pass to Hazel gave the East a 13-6 lead.
San Jose State’s Chandler Jones had a big game for the West with seven catches for 73 yards. Wenning was 12 of 19 for 82 yards and one interception. Notre Dame’s Tommy Rees followed him for the West, going five of 11 for 69 yards and a pick. Texas kicker Anthony Fera booted field goals of 34 and 37 yards for the West.