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South defense dominates in 20-10 win

2014 GAME

Sat, Jan 25, 2014

MOBILE -- Auburn's Dee Ford had two sacks and a pass deflection to lead a suffocating defense as the South captured its second straight win in the Reese's Senior Bowl, 20-10, in Mobile, Ala., Saturday night. The defensive end, who also had a breakout week in practices, was named the game's MVP.

"Our team just came together," Ford said after the game. "We were a team and it was just a great week playing with these guys."

'It was just a great week playing with these guys.'

       -- Dee Ford

Wisconsin's James White, who rushed for a game-high 62 yards and the North's only touchdown, was named the North's Most Outstanding Player. Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood, who had four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, was the South's Most Outstanding Player.

"Hopefully I proved to the scouts that I belong," Norwood said after the game. "From day one (the Reese's Senior Bowl experience) was wonderful. I had a lot of fans here especially being at home."

The South opened the scoring late in the first quarter when Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr found Colorado State tight end Crockett Gilmore wide open in the flat for a 17-yard touchdown. Auburn's Cody Parkey added two field goals, including a 50-yarder, to give the South 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.

San Jose State quarterback David Fales then scrambled and found Norwood all alone near the sideline for a 24-yard score. 

The North added a Chris Boswell 38-yard field goal before the half to cut the South lead to 20-3 at the break. The North added a late touchdown in the fourth quarter when White scored on a one-yard run with 6:04 left in the game.

Neither team could do much offensively in the game, combining for only 460 yards of offense and five interceptions. 

After a sluggish first half, the North defense shut down the South in the second half, but it was too late.

"You gotta compete," said North coach Mike Smith, the Atlanta Falcons' head coach.  "(I told them) this is your DNA. This film is going to be more scrutinized than any other tape you put out there. I thought the guys did a very nice job int the second half. We had a lot of three and outs. I think there was a string of six or seven consecutive three and outs.

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