Marcus Knight was not even the leading receiver on his team today. Yet he made the most of his five catches in leading the East to victory over the West in the nation's oldest college all-star game.
Knight had scoring receptions of 10, 8, 8 and 6 yards as the East won, 35-21, in the 75th edition of the East-West Shrine Bowl. Three of those scoring passes came from Florida's Doug Johnson, the fourth from Michigan teammate Tom Brady.
"No, I've never, never, never had a game like that," Knight said. "I was in the right place at the right time and thank God I took advantage of it."
Knight caught six touchdown passes for Michigan this season to earn a place in the Shrine game, and then nearly matched that number in one game. For the Wolverines, Knight didn't get called upon that often near an opponent's goal line.
West Virginia's Jerry Porter (Coolidge) added a 55-yard touchdown on a pass from Brady, who went to high school a few miles away in San Mateo and was playing before his neighbors for the first time while wearing a Michigan helmet.
Fresno State's Jeff Hanna tied a Shrine Bowl record with a 52-yard field goal and also kicked a 44-yarder for the West. Chad Morton added a one-yard scoring run and Trevor Insley caught a nine-yard scoring pass from Keith Smith for the West.
Neither team succeeded on the ground--the West had 28 rushes for 31 yards, and the East had 28 rushes for 24 yards--and there were five turnovers in the game.
Only about a quarter of the 85,500 seats at Stanford Stadium were filled for a game that has lost much of its luster in recent years. The Shrine game no longer attracts the nation's top players.