MOBILE, Ala. - Washington quarterback Jake Locker rebounded from a dismal first half and led the North to a touchdown (Maryland running back Da’ Rel Scott’s one-yard run) that cut the South’s lead to 17-10 with 19 seconds left in the third quarter.
But that was it as the South ended up winning the Under Armour Senior Bowl, 24-10, on a disappointing night the North’s vaunted passing attack and offensive line didn’t show. The final score came with about three minutes left when Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder, the South’s last healthy QB and te game’s MVP, threw a 24-yard bullet down the seam to TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kerley beating Rutgers safety Joe Lefeged.
But it was Scott who was the hero of the North’s only drive. Under pressure, Locker unloaded a dump pass to the 5-10, 205-pounder over the middle and he rolled for 34 yards. Locker then tried to get the ball into the end zone to Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis from the 22 and he got his hands on it before USC cornerback Shareece Wright was called for pass interference to set up the TD
Locker flashed his athleticism when he bolted out of the pocket for what looked to be a big gain, but the ball squirted out of his hands when he tried to make a move on Mississippi State defensive lineman Pernell McPhee and he needed a fumble recovery by tackle Jason Pinkston to keep the one TD drive alive .
Ohio State wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher made more noise than the big boys from Boise State and San Diego’s Vincent Brown with hi productive third quarter of four catches for 53 yards. The North’s Outstanding Player had to go defense and it was North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney.
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