While the West defeated the East 28-13 in the 2013 East-West Shrine Bowl, played Saturday in Tampa, it was the losing quarterback that was the biggest story. Kansas State QB and Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein struggled through practices this week, dismissing questions about his throwing mechanics. He fared no better in Saturday's game, going just 5-13 passing for 43 yards and an interception. Klein also ran five times for 35 yards, and recorded an interception on defense.
The West squad got excellent play from two quarterbacks. Arizona signalcaller Matt Scott was 3-4 passing for 81 yards, and threw the game's only passing touchdown on a 57-yard bomb to Mississippi State receiver Chad Bumphis. Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder went 9-11 for 95 yards, though he did throw one interception.
Bumphis led all receivers with 92 yards on four receptions, and won the game's offensive MVP award. Anthony Amos, a wide receiver from Middle Tennessee State, added four catches for 59 yards. For the East team, both Corey Fuller (Virginia Tech) and Chris Pantale (Boston College) caught two passes.
Kansas State defensive back Nigel Malone intercepted a Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech) pass late in the first half, returning it for a touchdown. Terry Hawthorne (Illinois), Khalid Wooten (Nevada), and Earl Wolff (NC State) also picked off passes.
Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis was a lone bright spot for the East squad, making two field goal attempts, including one from 48 yards.