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Rowe guides West to Shrine win

HOUSTON -- Nevada quarterback Jeff Rowe threw two touchdown passes last night -- one a 79-yarder -- to help the West beat the East, 21-3, in the 82d East-West Shrine Game.

"I was just really relaxed," said Rowe, the game's offensive MVP. "It being an all-star game, I was just here to have fun."

Rowe, who completed nearly 65 percent of his passes this season, wrapped up his career at Nevada three weeks ago with a loss to Miami in the MPC Computers Bowl.

"This is a good way to cap off my senior year after losing that bowl," said Rowe, who completed 4 of 9 passes for 115 yards and played only the second quarter.

With the West ahead, 14-3, Rowe found Fresno State's Paul Williams down the right sideline as defensive back Kenny Scott of Georgia Tech fell at about midfield. Williams hauled in the pass at the East 40 and sprinted into the end zone. It was the second-longest TD pass in Shrine history, eclipsed only by an 80-yarder 80 years ago.

On the previous West possession, Rowe, who had 16 TD passes and just seven interceptions in the regular season, connected with Texas Tech's Joel Filani on a 6-yard scoring pass, capping a 61-yard drive.

UNH receiver David Ball caught three passes for 80 yards for the East, which also got 32 yards on seven rushes from Steve Baylark of UMass .