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Towson quarterback Tom Flacco leads team to victory in Tropical Bowl all-star game

Tom Flacco - National Team Offensive MVP - Tropical Bowl
Tom Flacco - National Team Offensive MVP - Tropical Bowl (Photo courtesy of Tom Flacco/Photo courtesy of Tom Flacco)

Towson quarterback Tom Flacco threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score to help the National team beat the American, 35-7, in the Tropical Bowl on Sunday at Spec Martin Stadium.

The Tropical Bowl, which began in 2016, features top seniors playing in front of NFL scouts and general managers in preparation for the draft in April.

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Flacco, the brother of Denver Broncos quarterback and former Raven Joe Flacco, played at Towson the last two years, leading the Tigers to a pair of winning seasons. He totaled more than 6,000 passing yards and is third in program history with 50 passing touchdowns, and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, given to the Football Championship Subdivision’s top player, in 2018 and 2019.

Dan Chisena of Penn State caught a 69-yard pass from Flacco in the fourth quarter and a 55-yarder from Tulane’s Justin McMillan (7-for-10 for 93 yards) in the second. The National team took a 21-0 lead on Flacco’s 8-yard run with 1:04 remaining in the first half. Chisena had five catches for 155 yards.

Flacco’s first touchdown pass went to another Baltimore-based player — Manasseh Bailey of Morgan State — for 21 yards to cap off the National team’s opening drive.

Saif Kahn of Clarion scored the National team's other touchdown on a 10-yard fumble return in the third quarter.

Jaylon Henderson of Boise State had the American team's only touchdown on a 12-yard quarterback keeper after leading a 16-play, 75-yard drive. He finished 10 of 17 for 87 yards.

Dre Brown of Illinois led the National team with 31 yards on seven carries while Walter Fletcher of Ball State gained a team-high 37 yards on nine carries for the American team. Craig Rucker (23 yards) of Mars Hill and Jake Bofshever (12) of Long Island each had three catcher for the National team.

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