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NFLPA Bowl's National team defeats American team

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The National team led by LSU's JC Copeland scored two 1 yard touchdowns, triumphed over the American team 31-17, in the 3rd annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Copeland's outstanding performance earned him MVP honors, and gave him an opportunity to be seen by some promenade NFL scouts.

"It's an amazing thing that I was put in a position to do it and I took advantage of it," said Copeland.

Diontae Spencer caught an amazing 15 yard pass from Sean Schroeder that tied the game, headed into the half for the American team 14-14.

On the opening drive in the third quarter, Cincinnati Bearcats QB Brandon Kay launched a pass to Asante Cleveland for the 27 yard touchdown. Later in the quarter Cairo Santos connected on a 39 yard field goal. Anthony Wilkerson also ran in a 27 yard touchdown that gave the National team a commanding 31-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

"Overall this was the best quality - through the whole roster - of players we've ever had in this game," Vermeil said. "All of our backs ran extremely well and it's a positive reflection on the quality of the offensive line."

The only offense the American coached by former NFL coach Dennis Green, could muster up was a 35 yard field goal by Vincenzo D'Amato in the fourth quarter, that became the final score.

National team starter Brandon Kay finished 3 for 7 with one touchdown and 51 yards passing.

American team start South Carolina's Connor Shaw finished 5 for 6 with one interception and 71 yards passing.

American quarterback Sean Schroeder completed 13 of 17 passes, a touchdown, on 138 passing yards, while Roy Fitch led all players with 122 yards on the ground.

Vermeil led his National team to a third straight victory in the NFLPA Bowl series.

"There were a lot of good football players on that field today, and the more good players you have the more fun it is to coach them," Vermeil said.



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