Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne had a fumble recovery to set up a touchdown and had an interception in the second half to help the West defeat the East 28-13 in the East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein started for the East, but he struggled. Trailed by questions about his throwing motion going in, he completed just five of 13 passes for 43 yards and an interception.
The West never trailed in the college showcase for NFL hopefuls and was sparked by a defense that had four turnovers, including an interception return for a score by former Kansas State cornerback Nigel Malone.
It also got a strong offensive effort from Texas A&M running back Christine Michael, who rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott had the only passing touchdown of the game, finding Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis for a 57-yard score. Scott finished 3-of-4 for 81 yards.
Another West quarterback, Alex Carder (Western Michigan) also had a good passing day for the West, throwing for 95 yards. He did throw a late interception.
Bumphis was named offensive MVP and Malone took the honor on defense.
The West controlled the game from the outset, compiling 18 first downs to the East's 11. The West team also held the ball more than 12 minutes longer.
The West turned a pair of East first-half turnovers into touchdowns as it built a 21-13 halftime lead.
East running back Ray Graham (Pittsburgh) fumbled on the first play of the game and it was recovered by Hawthorne inside the East 20.
West receiver Anthony Amos (Middle Tennessee State) scored on an end-around six plays later to put West up 7-0.
ALL-STAR CLASSIC: Former Plant High star Robert Marve of Purdue completed 10 of 13 passes for 142 yards with a touchdown and an interception to help lead the Stripes to a 31-3 victory over the Stars in Montgomery, Ala.
Missouri Western running back Michael Hill rushed for 148 yards and two TDs on 12 carries to earn MVP honors.