DELAND, Fla. (AP)Tom Flacco of Towson threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score to help the National team beat the American 35-7 in the Tropical Bowl on Sunday at Spec Martin Stadium.
Flacco is the brother of Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco,
Dan Chisena of Penn State caught a 69-yarder from Flacco in the fourth quarter and a 55-yarder from Tulane’s Justin McMillan (7 of 10 for 93 yards) in the second. The National team took a 21-0 lead on Flacco’s 8-yard run with 1:04 remaining in the first half. Chisena had five catches for 155 yards.
Flacco’s first touchdown pass went to another Baltimore-based player – Manasseh Bailey of Morgan State for 21 yards to cap off the National team’s opening drive.
Saif Kahn of Clarion scored the National team’s other touchdown on a 10-yard fumble return in the third quarter.
Jaylon Henderson of Boise State had the American team’s only touchdown on a 12-yard quarterback keeper after leading a 16-play, 75-yard drive. He finished 10 of 17 for 87 yards.
Dre Brown of Illinois led the National team with 31 yards on seven carries while Walter Fletcher of Ball State gained a team-high 37 yards on nine carries for the American team. Craig Rucker (23 yards) of Mars Hill and Jake Bofshever (12) of Long Island each had three catcher for the National team.