Jan. 9, 2006
Rector Participates in Cactus Bowl; Garners One Catch in 49-28 Loss
Courtesy of Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association
KINGSVILLE, Texas -- Pittsburg State QB Andy Majors contributed two touchdowns and 110 yards of total offense to the West squad's Cactus Bowl record-setting efforts in a 49-28 win over the East in the sixth annual Division II senior all-star game at Javelina Stadium Friday night (Jan. 6).
The West squad set bowl records for points (49), total yards (560), passing yardage (408) and most passing touchdowns (4). Majors was 5-of-12 passing for 108 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and had 2 yards and one touchdown on nine rushing attempts.
South Dakota's Wesley Beschorner was named Offensive Most Vaulable Player of the game, as he set bowl marks for total yards (387), passing yards (300), longest pass (72) and touchdown passes (3). He was 12-of-17 passing and added 87 yards rushing with a TD on 12 totes.
Clayton Farrell of Abilene Christian (Texas) was the Defensive MVP, getting four sacks, forcing one fumble and recording a sack for a safety. His sack total and yards lost (34) were both Cactus Bowl records. Picking up the Jim Langer Award for the top offensive lineman was Nick Hageman of South Dakota.
At total of 23 records were tied or broken in the game.
The West took a 7-0 lead with five minutes to go when Beschorner hit Tonae Martin of West Texas A&M for a 43-yard scoring pass. North Dakota's Jeff Glas made the point-after kick.
Beschorner made it 14-0 just five seconds into the second quarter, capping a nine-play, 77-yard drive.
The East squad broke its scoring drought on the ensuing possession, when Joey Conrad of Glenville (W.Va.) State found Tory Ross of North Carolina Central with 11:43 to go in the second quarter for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Texas A&M-Kingsville's Richard Hammond hit the PAT to cut the gap in half, 14-7.
The flood gates exploded after that for the West. Beschorner found Nebraska-Kearney's Richie Ross for the bowl-record 72-yard touchdown reception with 9:29 to go in the half, with Glas' PAT making it 21-7.
Richie Ross caught his second TD pass of the game, this one from Majors for 47 yards with 7:35 left to put the West up 27-7, but Glas had his PAT try blocked.
Beschorner ended the 26-point second quarter for the West with his third TD pass, finding Colorado Mines' Justin Gallas for a 49-yard scoring aerial with 42 seconds left. Glas again had his point-after attempt blocked to keep the score at 33-7.
The East made it a 19-point game when Conrad connected with Brandon Simmons of West Chester (Pa.) for a 13-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive of the third quarter.
One of Farrell's four sacks setup the West's next TD, as it forced Zack Ellis of Presbyterian (S.C.) to fumble, which was recovered by Texas A&M-Kingsville's Wilbert Martin at the East 1. Nebraska-Omaha's Jamar Day needed three carries to finally cash it in with 6:52 left in the third, and Glas' extra point made it 40-14.
The East fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the West capitalized again. Majors accounted for 16 of the 23 yards on the ground during the drive, including the last 5 to the end zone with 5:40 remaining in the period. Glas made it 47-14 with his PAT.
Martin Hicks of Winston-Salem (N.C.) State scored on the first play of the fourth quarter with a 25-yard run, with Hammond's PAT making it 47-21.The score was set up on the only catch made by Northwest Missouri State WR Andre Rector, who was playing on the East squad while the rest of the MIAA representatives were on the West. It was a 4-yard pass from Conrad to give the East a first down.
After Adams (Colo.) State's Jeff Williams hit a 35-yard punt to pin the East on its own 11, Farrell sacked Conrad in the end zone for the safety with 3:47 to go to complete the West squad's scoring.
Conrad found James Lukowiak of Southern Connecticut State for the last touchdown of the game, a 19-yard reception with 1:10 to go.
Pittsburg State LB Chris Jaax had two solo tackles for the West squad. Gorilla TE Brandon Twito and OL Chad Weeks each were listed in the starting lineup for the West. Central Missouri State OL Darryl Grace was on the West roster, but was not listed as participating on the final statistics.
With the win, the West improved to 8-4-1 in the game and ended a streak of three East wins in the last four games.
The Cactus Bowl game is played every January at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville. It is the only postseason all-star game made up of players from Division II schools only. Proceeds from the game go to benefit the Shriner's Children's Hospital.
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