Missouri Western running back Michael Hill ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Stripes team to a 31-3 win over Stars team at the inaugural Raycom College Football All-Star Classic at the Cramton Bowl on Saturday afternoon.
Hill averaged 12.3 yards per carry as the Stripes piled up 210 rushing yards in the win. He scored the first touchdown in All-Star Classic history with a 2-yard run in the second and added a second touchdown with a 6-yard run in the fourth quarter.
"You have to have great quickness to play running back and that is thing that impressed me the most was his tremendous quickness, but also his ability to break tackles was impressive," Stripes head coach Dan Reeves said.
For his efforts he was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player of the game. The MVPs were selected by the NFL Scouts in attendance at Saturday's game.
"The performance I had and the offensive line giving me holes, I took advantage of it and did my job," Hill said after the game. "I think I did a good job."
The Stripes also threw for 200 yards to complete its balanced attack on Saturday. Purdue quarterback Robert Marve led the way as he completed 10-of-13 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown. UCLA's Jerry Johnson was the top receiver with four catches for 40 yards.
"As far as our team, we did not get off to a real good start," Stars head coach Jim Bates said. "If we get the touchdown in that first quarter we might have had a shot. We dropped a lot of passes. We did run the ball at times but we were sporadic. Dan's team did a nice job and the game just got away from us."
The Stripes scored the first points of the game with a ball-control drive in the first quarter. The Stripes marched from their own 19-yard line to the Stars 1-yard line before a penalty pushed the ball back to the 6-yard line.
The Stripes had to settle for a field as LSU's Drew Alleman scored the first points in Raycom College Football All-Star Classis history to put the Stripes in front 3-0 with 3:03 left in the first quarter, Alleman's field goal capped a 14-play, 81-yaard drive that chewed up more than nine minutes of the clock.
The Stars had 246 total yards but managed only 88 rushing yards on 20 carries. Tuskegee's Derrick Washington led the way with 57 rushing yards. Jacksonville State's Washaun Ealey added 42 yards on the ground. Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri completed eight passes for 105 yards, but threw two interceptions.
Hill scored the first touchdown in All-Star Classic history on a 2-yard run with 8:33 left in the first half. Hill had four rushed for 57 yards, including a 44-yard burst that set up and first-and-goal at the Stars 2-yard line.
The Stars used a hurry-up offense in the 39 seconds of the half to score their only points of the game. Sunseri had a 54-yard completion to Notre Dame's Robbie Toma that gave the Stars a first down at the Stripes 11- yard line. After two incomplete passes and negative rushing play, the Stars called on North Carolina's Casey Barth for a 30-yard field goal to cut the lead to 10-3 at halftime.
The Stripes took control of the game with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to take a 24-3 lead. Virginia's Perry Jones scored on a 9-yard run to give the Stripes a 17-3 lead. The Stripes second touchdown came when Marve threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to St. Augustine's Tyron Laughinghouse as the Stripes increased the lead to 24-3.
Hill capped the scoring with a 6-yard run with 7:59 left in the game to make the final 31-3. On the last scoring drive, he had three rushing attempts for 60 yards, including a 49-yard jaunt that the Stripes the ball at the Stars 11-yard line.
Stars defensive back Charles James was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player. He had two tackles and one pass breakup for the Stars.
The Stripes defense was led by Troy's Kanorris Davis and Mississippi State's Cameron Lawrence with seven tackles apiece.