MVP: E.J. Manuel, Florida State
NORTH COACH: Dennis Allen, Raiders
SOUTH COACH: Jim Schwartz, Lions
TOP PLAYERS: Ziggy Ansah, Kawann Short, Eric Fisher, Lane Johnson, Desmond Trufant, Markus Wheaton, Datone Jones, Jamar Taylor
Florida State's E.J. Manuel came into the game having led the Seminoles to four bowl game victories in his career, only the second player to have done that (Pat White - WVU). So, it was not a huge surprise that the 'Noles QB led the South to a 21-16 win on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Manuel guided the South squad on two first quarter touchdown drives, capping the first with a 5-yard touchdown run and then hitting Alabama tight end Michael Williams on a 20-yard strike to give the South a 14-0 edge.
BYU's Ziggy Ansah, a native of Ghana who had never played football until 2010, led the South defense with seven tackles (3.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.2013 Game Stats
MVP: Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
NORTH COACH: Leslie Frazier, Vikings
SOUTH COACH: Mike Shanahan, Redskins
TOP PLAYERS: Russell Wilson, Alfred Morris, Doug Martin, Quinton Coples, Bobby Wagner, Janoris Jenkins, Melvin Ingram, Courtney Upshaw
Playing in front of a sold out Ladd-Peebles Stadium (40,646) crowd under perfect weather conditions, the North broke a 3-3 tie in the second quarter and never looked back-posting a 23-13 victory.
Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead was named the game's Most Valuable Player after totaling 133 all-purpose yards, including a Senior Bowl record 98 punt return yards, for the North in the victory.
Despite the North's victory, the South did enjoy some highlights Saturday as Joe Adams earned Most Outstanding Player of the South squad with 133 receiving yards on eight catches.
It was Adams' fumble, however, that led to the game's first points, a 27-yard field goal by Purdue's Carson Wiggs. The South would answer back to tie the game at 3 on Randy Bullock's 39-yard field goal with 3:47 to go in the first quarter.
The second quarter belonged to the North as they outscored their opponent 10-3, thanks to an 8-yard scoring strike from Wisconsin's Russell Wilson to Cal's Marvin Jones and another Wiggs field goal-this time from 32 yards out. Bullock added his second field goal of the day in the second quarter too, but the South went into the locker room down 13-6.
Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins continued the North's offensive success in the second half, hitting Arizona State wide receiver Gerell Robinson over the middle for a 41-yard touchdown to give the North a 20-6 lead. The South appeared to have life in the early going of the fourth quarter on Arizona quarterback Nick Foles' 20-yard touchdown toss to his former teammate in Tucson, Juron Criner, but Wiggs' third field goal of the day-a 28-yarder-was all the North needed to hang on for the win.2012 Game Stats
MVP: Christian Ponder, Florida State
NORTH COACH: Marvin Lewis, Bengals
SOUTH COACH: Chan Gailey, Bills
TOP PLAYERS: Christian Ponder, Von Miller, Sam Acho, Leonard Hankerson, Mason Foster, Ryan Kerrigan, Kendric Burney, Brooks Reed
Former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder earned Most Valuable Player honors after throwing for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-10 South victory in front of a sold out (40,646) crowd in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Ponder's first touchdown toss went to former Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson on an 18-yard strike in the opening quarter to push the South's lead to 10-0 following a Josh Jasper field goal on the game's opening drive. Hankerson, the Offensive Player of the Game, finished the day with five catches for 100 yards and that one touchdown.
The South would tack on another score with just over four minutes to go in the half when former West Virginia running back Noel Devine went untouched around the left side on a one-yard touchdown run, putting the South up 17-0.
The North finally did get on the board in the third quarter when former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath drilled a 24-yard field goal to spoil the shutout and make it a 17-3 game. Running back Da'Rel Scott then made it a one possession game when he went in from 1-yard out and pulled the North to within a touchdown, 17-10, with just 19 seconds to go in the third quarter.
That was as close as the North would get however as Ponder closed out the scoring with a beautiful 23-yard strike to former TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, giving the South a 24-10 advantage.
MVP: Brandon Graham, Michigan
NORTH COACH: Jim Schwartz, Lions
SOUTH COACH: Tony Sparano, Dolphins
TOP PLAYERS: Brandon Graham, Dan Williams, Kyle Wilson, Tim Tebow, Mardy Gilyard, Jeremy Williams
Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham tallied two sacks and a forced fumble to pick up Most Valuable Player honors as the North celebrated a 31-13 win in front of a sold out crowd (40,646) in Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The North never trailed in the game, taking a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on Brett Swenson's 43 yard field goal. Leigh Tiffin would answer with a 43 yard field goal of his own--tying the game at three late in the first quarter. Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount's 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter would give the North a 10-3 lead and Austen Lane's six yard fumble return for a touchdown put the visitors out in front 17-3 with just under ten minutes to play in the half.
Despite several turnovers, Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano's South squad seemed to be riding some momentum into the half - scoring 10 unanswered points to close out the first half. Leigh Tiffin drilled a 33 yard field goal and Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson fired a 19 yard touchdown pass to Alabama tight end Colin Peek, cutting the North's lead to just four, 17-13, at the half.
But the North squad, under the direction of Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and his staff, shut out the South in the second half - scoring 14 unanswered points in the final two quarters. Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, who earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the North, ran for a one-yard touchdown and threw a 32 yard scoring strike to Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard (Offensive Player of the Game) to close out the scoring.
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