Ted Ginn, Jr. showed the nation why he is one of the top players in the country as the newest Buckeye returned a kickoff for a 98-yard TD and took home the game MVP award in today's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Ohioan Ray Williams also had a fine day as he made a short pass into a 31-yard TD and ran an onsides kick 42 yards to give his team the ball at the 2. Texas RB Adrian Peterson, who committed to Oklahoma today, led the way for the West with 87 yards on 8 carries and 2 TDs, one from 50 yards out.
The East got on the board on their first drive as catches from Daytona Beach QB Xavier Lee (who played WR and QB) and speedy Florida WR Xavier Carter helped put the east in position for the first of New Jersey FB/LB Brian Toal's three TD carries. The West responded late in the first quarter with a TD pass from Texas QB Rhett Bohmar to California WR Cameron Colvin to tie the game at seven.
A Connor Barth field goal made the lead 10-7 for the East in the second quarter, and then later in the quarter, Toal scored his second TD from 13 yards out to give the East the 17-7 win. Colvin scored his second TD of the day with five seconds left in the quarter to cut it to 17-14. Ted Ginn almost returned the following kickoff for a TD but fumbled before breaking free (which was recovered by the East).
The East jumped out 24-14 on a Nick Hayden TD catch in the third, and then Adrian Peterson cut the lead to 24-21 with his first TD run of the day. Ginn then took the following kickoff 98 yards for the TD and the 31-21 lead. Ginn announced for OSU and put on a Buckeye cap on the sidelines immediately after the play.
The East moved out to 38-21 on Williams' 31-yard TD catch, which he caught on a short pass and turned into a nifty TD run. Peterson's 50 yard TD cut the lead to 38-28, but Williams followed with his return of the onsides kick, which was followed by Toal's third TD run, this one from two yards out.
Several players stood out today in addition to Ginn, Peterson and Williams. Xavier Lee proved to be a unique talent, while Bohmar and East QBs Brian Brohm and Chad Henne showed what they can do. East LB Willie Williams also looked good on defense, as did West DE Jeff Schweiger, who chose USC during the game. OSU commitment Marcus Freeman started the game at MLB and was in on some plays.
Other commitments during the game included Ft. Worth DB D.J. Davis to Texas A&M, San Antonio DB Otis McDaniel III to TCU, Mississippi WR Antoine Burkes to Ole Miss, New Mexico DL/OL Alan Branch to Michigan, QB Nick Patton to Kansas State, and Birmingham DB Simeon Castille to Alabama.