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West 15, East 12 (OT)

January 11, 1998

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ Greg Janacek’s third field goal lifted the West to a 15-12 overtime victory over the East in Saturday’s Snow Bowl, the fifth annual NCAA Division II all-star football game.

``I waited all my life for that kick and it couldn’t have come in a better game,″ said Janacek, who kicked for Mankato State. ``I’ll remember that one forever. ... I wanted to kick the winner.″

The West took the ball after running back Irvin Sigler, the Harlon Hill Trophy winner from Bloomsburg (Pa.) State, was stopped at the 1 on fourth down.

``The players said `Go for it’ and we did,″ East coach Sandy Buda said. ``They just made a good play.″

After the West failed to get a first down, Janacek booted a 34-yard field goal to end it.

The East scored on its second possession, going 74 yards in nine plays. A 51-yard pass to tight end Jason Morris of Concord (W.Va.) College put the ball on the 1. Sigler scored on the next play but the conversion attempt failed.

A 27-yard field goal by Eric Wicks of Mercyherst (Pa.) make it 9-0 with 3:29 left in the first half. The West followed by driving from its 15 before settling for a 33-yard field goal by Janacek and a 9-3 halftime deficit.

Wicks added a 41-yard field goal for the only scoring of the third quarter. The West climbed within 12-9 on a 17-play, 72-yard drive that was capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Klancher of North Dakota to tight end Andy Haase of Northern Colorado. All but 15 yards on the scoring drive were on the ground. The extra-point kick was blocked.

Billy Holmes, who led Northern Colorado to two straight NCAA II national titles, gained 43 yards by carrying on six of seven plays before Janacek booted the tying 32-yard field goal with 3:28 to play.

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