North dominates South, 34-24
MOBILE, Ala. (Jan. 26) -- Duke quarterback Daniel Jones made the most of his third quarter appearance, running for a touchdown and throwing for another as the North snapped a three-game losing streak to the South, 34-24, in front of 31,437 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The North dominated for much of the game, outgaining the South 491-284.
"I learned a lot and that's something I wanted to accomplish," said Jones, who completed 8-of-11 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a one-yard touchdown. "There were some bumps here and there but I think everyone kind of went through that trying to learn a new system in a new place with a new team. Hopefully I showed the ability to learn and keep progressing and play my best on Saturday."
After trailing 9-0, Jones helped the North come charging back, rushing for his touchdown early in the third and then coming right back after a turnover and finding UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella on a 19-yard touchdown pass. Isabella was named the North's Most Outstanding Player with a game-high seven receptions for 74 yards and the score.
"I was just more determined," said Isabella, who shook off a couple tacklers near the five-yard line to find the end zone. "Jakobi (Meyers) made a nice block on the outside. Keelan Doss made a nice block on the backside and I was just determined to get in (the end zone)."
Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson, playing in the fourth quarter, was the South's Most Ousttanding Player He competed 13-of-21 passes for a game-high 165 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
"The (south) receivers played great today," Jackson said. "The receivers all around played great, flying around and the offensive line did a really good job."
Jackson hit West Virginia's Gary Jennings for a 54-yard strike on his first pass then later the two hooked up for a 10-yard touchdown to pull the South within two points, 20-18, with 12:06 remaining in the game.
But the North answered with a Dexter Williams (Notre Dame) four-yard run and a Tony Pollard (Memphis) 21-yard score to go up 34-18. Jackson hit another West Virginia wide receiver, David Sills V, with a late 15-yard touchdown pass to make it 34-24.
Auburn's Deshaun Davis and New Mexico State's Terrill Hanks had eight tackles each to lead the South. TCU's L.J. Collier and Texas' Charles Imenihu each had two sacks as the North got to South quarterbacks eight times.