South holds on to win Senior Bowl 16-15
MOBILE, Ala. (Jan. 28) - In one of the closest games in Reese's Senior Bowl history, the South held off the North in the game's final minutes to win, 16-15, in front of 32,175 fans at Ladd-Peeble Stadium. It was the South's second straight victory in the series that dates back to 1950.
Cal quarterback Davis Webb threw for 165 yards and connected with Texas A&M wide receiver Josh Reynolds on a 39-yard score in the second quarter for his only touchdown of the game. Webb completed 11-of-16 passes and received the Reese's Cup as the game's Most Outstanding Player.
Reynolds was the leading receiver in the game with six receptions for 96 yards and the touchdown.
The South controlled most of the game, but had to hold off a late North push when Pitt's Nate Peterman found East Carolina wide receiver Jay Jones with a six-yard touchdown pass with 1:51 remaining in the game. Peterman's pass on the two-point conversion was intercepted by Carroll Phillips in the end zone. Peterman finished 16-of-23 for 153 yards and the touchdown while Jones led the North with six receptions for 68 yards, despite nearly scoring two other touchdowns. One potential touchdown was called back by a facemask penalty and another his second foot was ruled out of bounds on a spectacular catch.
Toledo's Kareem Hunt led all running backs with 118 yards, one of the top rushing performances in the past decade at the Reese's Senior Bowl.
The South rode the leg of Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez, the Lou Groza Award winner as the nation's top kicker. He tied a Reese's Senior Bowl record with three field goals (22, 29 and 39), joining six other players in the game's history to accomplish that feat and the first to do it in 32 years.
Jordan Willis of Kanas State had two sacks and two forced fumbles and was named the South's Most Outstanding Player. Lorenzo Jerome of Saint Francis had two interceptions for the North.