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Curtis Drake Impressive at Big 33

Submitted by on June 22, 2009 – 7:57 am2 Comments

Over the weekend Hershey, Pennsylvania was the host of the annual Big 33 game, pitting some of the top recruits from the Keystone State up against a collection of recruits from the Buckeye state of Ohio.

Curtis Drake at the Big 33
Curtis Drake at the Big 33 (Photo source: BWI)
Ohio won this year’s edition of the Big 33 game (their first win in three years), but it was a future Nittany Lion who really took advantage of the big stage and gave Penn State’s coaching staff more of an idea on what to do with him.

Curtis Drake was named the MVP of the Pennsylvania team for his valiant efforts.  Drake was recruited to play in the wide receiver position for Penn State but he played quarterback in this game.  Doing so Drake carried the ball 17 times for 88 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Though he did have a critical fumble in the game that helped Ohio secure the victory, it would seem that Drake was the reason Pennsylvania had a chance to win their fourth straight Big 33.

With the game tied at 17-17, Drake had just completed a pass on fourth and 16 to set up a first and goal on the one yard line.  As he attempted to pull off a QB-sneak into the end zone to give Pennsylvania a lead, he fumbled the ball and Ohio recovered.  Taking over on their own one yard line Ohio connected for a Big 33 record breaking 99-yard touchdown to put Ohio in front and took control of the momentum game.  The pass completion set a new Big 33 record for longest play, longest play for a touchdown, and longest pass for a touchdown.

Ohio went on to win by a score of 38-31.

Below is a video clip of highlights from the Big 33 game, as presented by Human Highlight Productions.

Drake was not the only Penn State player in the game however.Offensive lineman Mark Arcidiacono and tight end Gary Gilliam also played. Gilliam actually hauled in a short touchdown reception from Drake.  Defensive lineman Jordan Hill missed the game with an injury he suffered during practice the week leading up to the game.

Offensive lineman Eric Shrive was invited to play but the top offensive line recruit opted out of the game in favor of his high school graduation ceremonies, which were held on Thursday.

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