2024 East vs West Shrine Bowl

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Frisco, Texas, USA: Southern Miss running back Frank Gore Jr. in action during the 99th annual East-West Shrine Bowl played at the Ford Center on Thursday February 1, 2024. (Photo by Javier Vicencio / Grand Prairie News)

Story and photos by Javier Vicencio

The 99th edition of the East-West Shrine Bowl was played on Thursday February 1, 2024 at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas.  One of the longest-running and most prestigious college all-star games, it’s been played since 1925 and sponsored by Shriner’s International.

Since 1922, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children has provided outstanding care to children throughout America in a family-centered environment, regardless of their ability to pay. The Shrine Bowl is an amazing opportunity for the Shriner’s Kids to connect with the NFL greats past, present, and future as they share their stories on both sides about how they overcame adversity.

More than 120 of the best players in college football practiced throughout the week trying to impress NFL scouts and they capped it off with a game on Thursday night.   NFL-caliber talent faces off against each other in a modified NFL format game.   The game is only second in importance for NFL draft showcases besides the Senior Bowl.

It was a dominant game for the West team, which started hot with 17 points in the first half thanks to touchdowns from Southern Miss running back Frank Gore Jr. and Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa.

The East was held to just one field goal from former Arkansas kicker Cam Little and would go on to score just one touchdown on a punt return by Oregon State wide receiver Anthony Gould.

Among the best players of the game, we had:

Southern Miss running back Frank Gore Jr.

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa.

Memphis running back Blake Watson.

North Carolina defensive tackle Myles Murphy.

Oregon State wide receiver Anthony Gould.

Arkansas kicker Cam Little.

Virginia wide receiver Malik Washington.

University of Southern Florida quarterback John Rhys Plumlee.

The West team won 26-11.