SAN ANTONIO - Perhaps Cyler Miles was playing a little game. Yeah, that must have been it.
After the first sack made it second-and-18, the West quarterback took another - one for 15 yards - to make it third-and-33.
At that point, his offensive line must have caught on, too. It produced a false start, making it third-and-38 from the West's own 21.
Worried? Miles was never worried during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. That's what happens when you can look out to your left and see your roommate, Dorial Green-Beckham - the No. 1 prospect in the Rivals100.
On the next snap, Green-Beckham showed why, hauling in a bowl-record 79-yard touchdown pass that gave the West a two-touchdown lead in what would become a 24-12 victory.
"It's a great feeling to have him out there," Miles of Denver (Colo.) Mullen said. "He's 6-6 and he's got a lot of range, but more than that he can adjust to anything. You can't really miss him; he can adjust so well to the ball."
He did on the bomb.
Both Green-Beckham and the East's Travis Blanks went up for it, but Green-Beckham came down with it on a circus catch at the 35. He then raced into the end zone without issue.
The play helped Miles and Green-Beckham share game MVP honors.
As is his way, Green-Beckham deflected the praise.
"Awards are nice and it's always great to get records, but I was just so happy to get out here and compete," he said.
Green-Beckham has been the No. 1 recruit all season. But the lesser quality of competition he faced in high school made some wonder just how legit he was. He answered those questions this week.
The only thing he didn't answer was where he is going to school.