Allen, Williams stat leaders in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

By: Matt Jones
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018
American team's Aaron Tiller, right, of Southern, sacks National team quarterback Austin Allen, of Arkansas, during the first half of the Collegiate Bowl college football game, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
American team's Aaron Tiller, right, of Southern, sacks National team quarterback Austin Allen, of Arkansas, during the first half of the Collegiate Bowl college football game, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Quarterback Austin Allen and running back David Williams were statistical leaders for their team during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday in Pasadena, Calif.

Allen completed 6 of 9 passes for 75 yards and Williams rushed 6 times for 28 yards for the National team, which defeated the American team 23-0 at the Rose Bowl.

Williams' longest run of 10 yards set up the National team's first score. The run came one play after the National defense recovered a fumble by American quarterback Kenny Hill at the 11. Williams' run to the 1 was followed by a touchdown run one play later.

Allen quarterbacked five drives. His best drive came during a two-minute situation late in the second quarter with consecutive competitions of 18, 24 and 14 yards. The drive ended with a missed field goal on the final play of the half.

Allen's most impressive pass might have been his last of the game, a 15-yard strike to former Ohio State tight end Marcus Baugh during the National's second scoring drive. Allen fit the pass between a cornerback and safety on a route near the sideline.

Allen was sacked four times in the first half. National coach Mike Martz accused American coach Darrell Green of running defenses - including stunts and blitzes - that were not approved for the game, which led to some of the sacks.

The American defense was flagged for illegal defense during the second half.

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