ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Thankful for another opportunity to bolster his résumé for pro scouts, Lennon Creer made the most of his experience in the East-West Shrine game.
The Louisiana Tech running back scored on a 9-yard run with 47 seconds remaining Saturday and earned the offensive MVP award for lifting the West to a 24-17 victory.
"It was a great honor, but I've got to give it to the offensive line. I was just hoping to get out there and show what I can do," said Creer, who rushed for 80 yards on 15 carries.
Quarterbacks Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois and Tyler Hansen of Colorado had short TD runs for the West, which rallied from an early 10-0 deficit at Tropicana Field.
Missouri Western State's Greg Zuerlein kicked a 35-yard field goal that made it 17-17 early in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Hansen to lead the winning drive in the closing minutes.
"There's no overtime. There was some urgency. You have to do something. I don't know what it is, but you have to do something," said Hansen, who had completions of 8 and 22 yards to tight end George Bryan of North Carolina State on the last drive. "You don't want a tie. Take a shot. Make a throw you wouldn't usually. You've got to win the game, not tie the game."
Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham and Miami's LaRon Byrd caught touchdown passes for the East, which also got an early field goal from Georgia's Blair Walsh.
Penn State safety Nick Sukay had a fourth-quarter interception for the East and was the game's defensive MVP.
Tennessee-Chattanooga's B.J. Coleman teamed with Tennessee Tech's Tim Benford on a 28-yard pass play to set up Walsh's field goal on East's opening possession of the game. His 21-yard completion to Cunningham, who broke a tackle and continued into the end zone, made it 10-0.
While most of the players who will be selected early in the NFL draft will be in Mobile, Ala., for next week's Senior Bowl, the prospects in the East-West game were hoping to impress and enhance their chances of being selected in the later rounds and winding up in NFL training camps as undrafted free agents.