Boise State’s Brett Rypien Leads the Charge as the West Wins 21-17

The 2019 East-West Shrine Game was filled with collegiate talent hoping to impress NFL scouts enough to improve their draft stock. Some rose to the occasion and some didn’t.

The West struck first when quarterback Brett Rypien (Boise State) hit running back Nick Brossette (LSU) on the left side for a 22-yard touchdown pass.

The second quarter rolled around and both sides went back and forth with three-and-outs until quarterback Jordan Ta’amu (Ole Miss) hit wide receiver Terry Godwin (Georgia) 26-yards out. Godwin then was stripped by cornerback Montre Hartage (Northwestern) in which the ball was then recovered by Michigan’s Tyree Kinnel. Kinnel brought it down to the East’s 2-yard line. The very next play running back Devine Ozigbo (Nebraska) ran it in for a 2-yard touchdown. The West led 14-0 at the half.

The third quarter comes around and the East gets the ball at the start of the quarter hoping to turn the game around after being shutout in the first half. A punt by each team later and the East finally looks like they may be gaining some traction, that was until quarterback Taylor Cornelius (Oklahoma State) threw an interception to linebacker BJ Blunt (McNeese State). Blunt was able to bring the ball down to the East’s 22-yard line before being brought down. One play later and the West made it 21-0 after a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Easton Stick (North Dakota State) to wide receiver Shawn Poindexter (Arizona). Things got worse for the East because on the very next drive Cornelius threw another interception, this time it was coernerback Mazzi Wilkins (South Florida) who was able to come down with it. Luckily for the East, their defense was able to keep the West from scoring again. The East was finally able to get something going offensively after an eight play 74-yard drive that ended in a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Blough (Purdue) to Terry Godwin (Georgia). Blough found success again on the next drive with another touchdown pass to Terry Godwin, this time from 18-yards out.

Suddenly, all the momentum was on the East’s side after defensive end Jordan Brailford (Oklahoma State) was able to recover a fumble given up by Brett Rypien. The score was 14-21 in favor of the West and the East was in primed position to tie the game, but unfortunately they were unable to capitalize on the fumble recovery and instead had to settle for a 47-yard field goal. The West got the ball and simply ran the clock down, the game ending 21-17 with the West coming out on top for the fourth year in a row.

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