Shaw, Legree on winning NFLPA bowl team

01/19/2014 1:52 AM

01/19/2014 2:07 AM

Connor Shaw and Jimmy Legree came out on the winning side of the third annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Shaw completed 5 of 6 passes for a team-high 71 yards with an interception as Team National used a second half surge to beat Team American 31-17.

Shaw did not have a rush in the game. Legree's stats were unavailable.

LSU fullback J.C. Copeland ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns to earn MVP honors, while Stanford running back Anthony Wilkerson ran for 67 yards and a touchdown.

"You picture it in your mind before you play the game and it just happened," Copeland said. "It's an amazing thing that I was put in a position to do it and I took advantage of it."

Copeland, a 6-foot-1, 270-pound former defensive tackle, never had a multi-touchdown game in 42 career games at LSU.

Dick Vermeil, formerly the head coach of the Chiefs, Eagles and Rams, has now guided the National to victory in all three installments of the game. Former Vikings and Cardinal coach Dennis Green guided the American side.

The game was tied at 14 at halftime, but the National scored on its first three possessions of the second half to cruise to victory.

Cincinnati QB Brendon Kay threw a 27-yard touchdown pass the Miami tight end Asante Cleveland on their first drive of the second half, Wilkerson ran for a 27-yard touchdown on the second, and Tulane kicker Cairo Santos banged home a 39-yard field goal on their third to give the National a commanding three-possession lead going into the fourth quarter.

Led by Copeland and Wilkerson, the National ran for 163 yards and averaged 5.3 yards per carry.


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