Originally created 01/13/02

Clemson QB can't save East

SAN FRANCISCO - Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler did his part for the East on Saturday, completing three of four passes for 102 yards, including a 3-yard scoring pass to Army's Clint Dodson.

Dantzler was limited to only one quarter of play, and the West defeated the East, 21-13, in the 77th annual Shrine all-star game.

San Jose State's Deonce Whitaker scored a pair of touchdowns, including the game-clincher in the fourth quarter, to lead the West to the victory.

Whitaker, selected the offensive MVP, ran for 40 yards and caught three passes for another 40 yards at sparsely populated Pac Bell Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

Iowa's Kahlil Hill caught eight passes for 134 yards for the East, and Louisville's Zeke Parker had six receptions for 110 yards.

Texas linebacker Everick Rawls was selected the defensive MVP.

Dantzler, who led Clemson to a Humanitarian Bowl victory over Louisiana Tech, completed passes of 51 yards to Hill and 48 yards to Parker.

"We found something that worked and stuck with it," said Dantzler, whose next stop will be Mobile, Ala., for the North-South Game, where he will be a running back. "It was nice to come in here and meet a bunch of new guys."

Georgia Tech quarterback George Godsey was 7-of-13 for 112 yards in the third quarter.

Whitaker's 2-yard run with 6:09 remaining clinched the victory. UC Davis quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan hooked up with Whitaker on a 38-yard pass preceding the touchdown.

Stanford's Randy Fasani replaced Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, who left the game with a knee injury, midway through the first quarter and drove the West to its first touchdown. Whitaker went the final yard of a 50-yard drive for the score.

Whitaker helped set up the touchdown with a 33-yard run to the East 12. Fasani also completed an 11-yard pass to Arizona State's Delvon Flowers.

Fasani, who played the remainder of the first half, completed 12 of 16 passes for 87 yards.

Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner, who played the first quarter for the East, was 7-of-19 for 95 yards.

Florida's Jeff Chandler kicked field goals of 33 and 28 yards, and successfully executed an onside kick to open the second half, recovered by Virginia Tech's Ben Taylor.

Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El tried to rally the East, driving inside the West 20 as time ran out.

The West improved to 40-31-5 in the series.


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