Shrine Classic: Kloss makes 4 field goals to lead East past West
Marvin Kloss made the short trip from the University of South Florida and kicked his way to an MVP award.
Kloss made four field goals to help the East beat the West 19-3 on Saturday in the 90th East-West Shrine Classic.
"I was hoping to get some opportunities to kind of showcase my skill," Kloss said. "I’ve been blessed to have four field goals. It’s a big day for me."
Dominique Brown of Louisville added a 1-yard touchdown run in the final minute.
Florida Atlantic’s Damian Parms had two interceptions for a dominating East defense that limited the West to 93 yards. The East finished with 260 yards of offense.
"A lot of these kids made money this week … They’re going to go up in the draft, but really it’s a tribute to them because they had the attitude to come out and work," East coach Mike Singletary said. "So it’s great."
Kloss opened the scoring with a 39-yard field goal midway through the first quarter. The kick completed a game-opening 14-play, 58-yard drive engineered by Duke quarterback Anthony Boone.
Kloss made it 9-0 on 30- and 47-yard field goals in the final 5 minutes of the half. He enjoyed the multiple chances after playing for a South Florida squad that was ranked this past season near the bottom in FBS total offense.
It’s a little different than at USF," Kloss said. "The offense here doesn’t really have a problem getting down to field-goal range."
The West cut it to 9-3 when North Carolina State’s Niklas Sade connected on a 51-yard field goal 3 1/2 minutes into the fourth. Kloss put the East up 12-3 with 4 1/2 minutes left from 19 yards.
Parms’ second interception came late in the fourth to stymie a West drive and helped set up Brown’s TD run with 27 seconds to go.
"It was really exciting, especially having 90 of my family members here to see it," Parms said. "We wanted to hold them to zero points, and we took pride in that all the way up until they scored the field goal. But even after that we stopped them."
Brown rushed for a game-high 70 yards on 19 carries. Boone (4 for 8, 49 yards) and Georgia’s Hutson Mason (7 for 8, 71 yards) combined for 120 passing yards.
West quarterback Taylor Kelly of Arizona State was 7 of 15 for 65 yards. He also lead the team with 23 rushing yards on five attempts.
The East defense limited the West to 23 yards of offense during the first half. Parms picked off a pass and Miami defensive lineman Anthony Chickillo had a third-down sack that pinned the West inside its 10.
"On both sides of the ball, they were stellar," West coach Jim Zorn said about the East. "They were hard to get off the field, and we couldn’t stay on the field. We just really started out sputtering, and that was a disappointment for me. What I was proud of was the guys just never dropped their heads or wondered what was going on. Nobody complained about the calls, the offensive calls. We just got hammered."
Southern California defensive back Joshua Shaw stopped an early second-period East scoring opportunity by intercepting a pass by Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke in the end zone.
The East had the ball 35:22 to the West’s 24:38.