West defeats East 21-16 in All-American Classic
BYU cornerback Brandon Heaney picks off two passes and the MVP
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (01-26-05) After a slow 1st quarter where there was no score, the game began to showcase some big plays.
BYU cornerback Brandon Heaney may be undersized but his heart proved to be huge in an outstanding effort that gave the West All-Stars a 21-16 win on Saturday in the All-American Classic.
Heaney intercepted two passes, returning the 2nd for a 24-yard touchdown late in the 4th quarter. Brandon Heaney was named the game MVP for those efforts.
Air Force running back Darnell Stephens started off slow by getting tackled for a safety in the 2nd quarter but then ran for two touchdowns that helped seal the win.
The Mountain West Conference stars did not end with just that. New Mexico cornerback Brandon Payne also intercepted a pass as well to set up a go-ahead touchdown.
The East had some big plays of it’s own in the game with Georgia Southern running back Chaz Williams had a 17-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter but it was not enough.
Even though Northern Arizona kicker Paul Ernster missed five field goals (29, 34, 35, 37 and 43), the west prevailed in an exciting game.
Arkansas running back Decori Birmingham of the East had a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:03 left in the game but it was not enough as the West won 21-16.
The West All-Stars were coached by Jim Harbaugh of San Diego and the East All-Stars were coached by former Western Kentucky Head Coach and Jim’s father, Jack Harbaugh.
The east team MVPs were RB Decori Birmingham of Arkansas and the defensive MVP was CB Eugene Childs of Western Michigan.
The west team MVPs were RB Darnell Stephens of Air Force on offense and OLB Antoine Cash of Southern Miss on defense.