Payne Shines In All-Star Game
Feb. 5, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV record-setting wide receiver Phillip Payne helped his North team rally for 24-19 win over the South in Saturday's inaugural Players All-Star Classic in Little Rock, Ark.
According to the Associated Press, Payne caught five passes for 110 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown pass from East Carolina's Dominique Davis.
Playing at War Memorial Stadium, the South took a 13-0 lead behind a pair of scoring drives led by LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson before the North started its comeback. Utah State running back Michael Smith ran for 124 yards and the go-ahead score en route to earning offensive MVP honors.
Payne, a local product from Western High School, caught more touchdown passes - 26 - than any Rebel in history. His 171 career receptions rank fifth all-time at the school and his 2,295 yards through the air stand eighth.
He was the second Rebel to appear in an all-star game this year as defensive back Quinton Pointer played in January's Battle of Florida in Boca Raton, Fla. Pointer's North team routed the South 51-3 on the campus of Florida Atlantic.