Floyd, ND Verbals, Show Out In San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - On the field inside the Alamo Dome after the eighth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, East players Brandon Newman, Jonas Gray, Kyle Rudolph and Lane Clelland mobbed West receiver Michael Floyd.

"We represented ND," the 6-foot-1 inch Brandon Newman said while grabbing the 6-foot-4 inch Michael Floyd and pulling him down for a hug.

Newman was right on.

The 14 future Irish players playing in the game performed well, as the East defeated the West, 33-23 in front of a record crowd of 36,534 on Saturday afternoon.

John Goodman had a 25-yard touchdown reception, Sean Cwynar recovered a fumble, Robert Blanton made a couple nice defensive plays, and Lane Clelland started at right tackle and was in on four of the East's scoring drives, as they all helped in the win. The six other East players headed for Notre Dame chipped in, in their own respective ways.

For the West, Dayne Crist got the starting nod at quarterback and completed 5-of-12 passes for a game-high 113 yards and one touchdown. The score was a 56-yard pass to Floyd in the third quarter. Floyd had four receptions for a game-high 118 yards, adding another touchdown catch of 38 yards, with 34 seconds remaining in the game.

Saturday was a taste of what's to come in South Bend, including the long TV timeouts provided by the familiar NBC.

"Me and Brandon Newman were talking about it," Goodman said. "All the Notre Dame players showed up here. We're really happy about that and we hope to take that to Notre Dame and see together what we can do."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Goodman pulled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from game MVP Terrelle Pryor, with 30 seconds left in the third quarter, putting the East back in control with a 26-17 lead.

"It was a big catch, it was a big touchdown," Goodman stated. He had two receptions for 30 yards and was also the team holder. "It was real exciting and I just started thinking about it, I was like dang, that was on national TV. That kind of got in my head and I kind of bobbled the PAT.

"It was awesome, it was just awesome."

So was Floyd.

With the exception of Pryor, who ran for 79 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 76 yards and another score, the St. Paul, Minn. product was the best player in the building.

"It was special," Floyd stated. "You know Minnesota, there is mostly only linemen that come out of there. Being a wide receiver and being able to come down here and make plays and show the rest of the country that Minnesota is not just about linemen, it's about athletic positions too."

On Floyd's first touchdown, he got matched up with Boubacar Cissoko and just ran right by him on a fly pattern, and caught the Crist pass in stride for an easy score, pulling the West to within 20-17, with 6:21 to go in the third quarter.

"I think we knew that, no offense to Cissoko, but I mean he's kind of a little shorter so I mean, you see what your match-ups are, and I was the match-up that we had and we went for it," Floyd explained.

"We were waiting for that one," Crist said. "We were kind of taking what the defense was giving us early on. We didn't play or execute that well offensively, but it's always great throwing to Mike. He's incredibly reliable and I told you all week we were going to try and do that, so it was nice getting together with him."

Goodman's touchdown came soon after that, and the East took control the rest of the way.

The East and its three dual-threat quarterbacks posted 405 yards of total offense, to the West's 242.

Pryor led the East on a seven-play, 92-yard scoring drive on its opening possession, capping it off with a six-yard plunge. Ryan Williams, who announced he was headed to Virginia Tech, ran 46 yards with a screen pass to set up the six.

Later in the quarter, the West turned a Nolan Brewster interception into a nine-yard acrobatic touchdown pass to Dan Buckner from Andrew Luck, tying the game at seven.

Early in the second quarter, Star Jackson hit Jonathan Baldwin for a 46-yard touchdown, and MarQueis Gray found DeAndre Brown for an impressive 14-yard scoring reception to end the half, as both plays helped the East to a 20-10 lead at intermission.

Gray put the game away with a 11-yard scoring scamper in the fourth quarter, giving the East a 33-17 lead with under three minutes remaining.

Lammaar Thomas of the East led all running backs with 63 yards rushing. Sam McGuffie had a team-high 40 yards for the West, getting 38 of them on a nifty fourth-quarter run.

Floyd added the final score of the game, leaping over Blanton for the highlight-reel touchdown.

"He's going to Notre Dame too," Floyd said. "No offense, but, he's a good player too, we were both back there and we both tried for it, and I won."

With guys like Floyd, Blanton and the others that played on Saturday, Notre Dame is going to do a lot of winning in the future.

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