After a season in which Beschorner helped lead the nationally ranked South Dakota football team to a 9-2 record, he was named the Offensive Player of the Game after posting 367 yards of total offense and accounting for four TDs. Beschorner, who set 29 school records at USD this season, put together a number of big plays in directing the West to a 33-7 halftime lead.
Beschorner, who was the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the Division II Player of the Year and earned three All-American honors this season, completed 12-of-17 passes for 300 yards and three TDs. He also rushed for 87 yards and a TD in playing a little more than one half of play. A senior from Lohrville, IA, he set Cactus Bowl records for total yards (387), longest pass (72 yards), passing yards and TD passes.
Beschorner was supported by a pair of USD offensive linemen, including Nick Hagemann of New Vienna, IA, who also had a big game and earned the Jim Langer Award as the Offensive Lineman of the Game. Brian Alderson, a USD senior from Hartford, also played for the West team. Alderson was one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year Award, which was presented to Michael McFadden of Grand Valley State.
On defense, Coyote defensive end A.J. Schable of Ida Grove, IA, recorded six tackles, including two solo stops, two tackles for loss and a quarterback sack. Counting the Cactus Bowl, Schable had 20 quarterback sacks this season. Schable recorded his sack in the second quarter, dropping East quarterback Zack Ellis for an eight-yard loss.
The Cactus Bowl game is played every January.
at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville. It is the only post-season all-star game which is made up of players from Division II schools. Proceeds from the game go to benefit the Shriner's Children's Hospital.