Six ND Commits Suit Up For Army Bowl

SAN ANTONIO - Tyler Stockton, Zeke Motta and Jake Golic now have some bragging rights over fellow Notre Dame commits Cierre Wood, Shaquelle Evans and Chris Watt.

On Saturday afternoon inside the Alamo Dome, Stockton, Motta and Golic's East Team defeated the West, 30-17, at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

"I already saw Cierre, and he said he didn't want to hear it," Stockton said shortly after the game.

"Absolutely, this is bragging rights for life," Golic added.

Stockton and Motta both started at defensive tackle and linebacker respectively, and helped lead an East defense that limited the West to just one sustained drive in the game.

Stockton and Motta didn't really show up on the tackle sheet, but they were active all afternoon. Motta had two stops and Stockton added one. A few Golic blocks sprung a couple nice runs on pass plays for the East, but he didn't catch a pass in the game.

On the other side, the five-star Wood carried twice for six yards, and had one reception for 13 yards. Evans caught a pass for four yards, and Watt started the game at offensive guard, helping the West rush for 107 yards. Wood also had a kick return for 22 yards.

While the Notre Dame guys were relatively quite, Tajh Boyd and Bryce Brown stole the show.

The co-MVP's of the game, Boyd completed 7-of-9 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those went to Brown, who finished with team-highs of 101 yards receiving and 45 yards rushing.

Late in the game, Boyd hit Brown for 41 yards, to give the East a 30-10 lead to seal the game.

The East defense got the game's scoring going. Late in the first quarter, Willie Downs picked off an A.J. McCarron pass and raced 49 yards for a pick six and the first score of the game. Donte Moss and William Campbell applied the pressure, forcing the bad throw.

Downs earned an excessive celebration penalty for chucking the ball in the stands on his score, and the West eventually took over on its next possession on the 50-yard line. A 24-yard pass from Tyrik Rollison to Pat Patterson, setup a 24-yard field goal by Chris Bowswell with just 50 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

With under two minutes left in the second quarter, Boyd bought himself some time by rolling out of the pocket and throwing a 34-yard laser into the end zone, that receiver Corey Brown out-jumped two defenders for, giving the East what would end up being a 14-3 halftime advantage.

Right out of the locker room to start the third quarter, the West struck quickly, to get back within 14-10. Tyrik Rollison completed all four of his passes on the five-play drive, for 85 yards, with the last two to Pat Patterson for 42 yards, including a 28-yard streak down the sideline for a score.

As swiftly as the West scored, Boyd, Brown and the East came right back. After picking up a first down, Brown went into motion in the slot and ran a straight fly route down the middle of the field. Boyd's pass hit him in stride for a 60-yard score and a 20-10 advantage with 5:30 left in the third quarter. The extra point was blocked.

On the East's second possession of the second half, a 42-yard pass from Kevin Newsome to Logan Thomas eventually set up a 35-yard field goal by Brendan Gibbons early in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 23-10.

After Boyd found Brown for a score for the second time, the West added a late score for the final margin. Chris Whaley caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from A.J. McCarron with 31 seconds remaining.

While Boyd and Brown led the East, Christine Michael rushed for a team-high 55 yards for the West. Patterson had four receptions for 76 yards and the touchdown. Rueben Randle added seven catches for 75 yards.

Motta isn't one to brag, but he plans to bring this game up from time to time to Evans, Wood and Watt over the next four or five years at Notre Dame.

"If anything, I'll use it to motivate them a little bit," Motta laughed. Top Stories