January 26, 2008

Ainge Leads South To Comeback Win

MOBILE, Ala. - In a game filled with some of college football's brightest stars, the 2008 Senior Bowl was conspicuously missing something: big plays and a standout performance. Until the final two minutes, at least.

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One Last Chance

MOBILE, Ala. - On a fourth and two at the South's 15, the North was stuffed and turned the ball over on downs, giving the South one last opportunity to take the lead. Erik Ainge is in at quarterback for the South with less than three minutes remaining and trailing 16-10.

South Within A Touchdown

MOBILE, Ala. - Thanks to a North fumble, the South is now within striking distance of the North. Brandon Coutu converted a chip shot field goal to put the South down just six with 9:27 remaining. Andre' Woodson, back under center for the South, was driving his team down the field and on a third and goal, decided to run the ball with all his options in the end zone covered. But the Kentucky quarterback came up a few yards short and South coach Mike Nolan elected to take the points, rather than risk coming away with nothing.

North Up By Two Scores

MOBILE, Ala. - Chad Henne found Martin Rucker in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown that has put the North up 16-7 with 14:32 remaining the fourth quarter. Henne led the North on a 60-yard drive that was dominated by Chauncey Washington, who ran for several first downs, as he thrashed the South defense.

30 Minutes of Almost Nothing

MOBILE, Ala. - The thrills were few and far between in the first half and if the first 30 minutes were any indication, the second half looks to be shaping up to be a bore. Big plays and signature performances have been few and far between, but there is one player who is standing out over the rest heading into the second half.

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North Misses Opportunity

MOBILE, Ala. - Joe Flacco looked to have connected with Adarius Bowman on a 3-yard TD pass, but Bowman was ruled to have not held on to the ball as he fell out of bounds. That brought up fourth down and on the ensuing field goal attempt, Alexis Serna's kick was blocked. Heading into halftime, the North leads 9-7 with little in the way of fireworks here at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

North Turnover Doesn't Hurt

MOBILE, Ala. - Andre' Woodson was dropped in the end zone by USC's Sedrick Ellis for a safety, giving the North a 9-7 lead with 3:09 remaining in the first half. But the safety was all set up by Delaware's Joe Flacco interception, who had taken over for John David Booty under center for the North the previous drive.

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All Tied Up

MOBILE, Ala. - Andre' Woodson connected with Tennessee tight end Brad Cottam for a a 6-yard touchdown pass to tie things up at 7. Woodson, behind the strong running game of LSU's Jacob Hester and Tashard Choice, helped lead the South on a 7 play, 58 yard drive for the game's second score and the first points in over 18 minutes.

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Booty Comes Up Short

MOBILE, Ala. - With a First and Goal, John David Booty rolled out to his right on a play-action bootleg, looking for New Mexico receiver Marcus Smith in the back of the end zone, but found the wrong man. UTEP's Quintin Demps picked off Booty a few yards in the end zone, thanks to his underthrown pass, and ran it back to roughly the 25 yard. An illegal block below the waist later and the South has the ball on their own 42 yard line. Woodson's under center. We'll see if his second drive turns out better than his first.

South Gives It Up Again

MOBILE, Ala. - South's ball now and Kentucky quarterback Andre' Woodson is under center, replacing Hawaii's Colt Brennan. Brennan threw a few nice passes, but failed to really get anything going in the passing game. We'll see if Woodson can change the fortunes for the South - but it quickly became aparent that he couldn't

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North QB Change

MOBILE, Ala. - Off of a Matt Forte fumble, the North took has taken over at their own 32 yard line and USC quarterback John David Booty is now under center.

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North Strikes First

MOBILE, Ala. - It didn't take long for the North to capitalize on Colt Brennan's interception. One play after the Hawaii quarterback turned it over, Chad Henne found Cal wide out Lavell Hawkins in the end zone to put the North up 7-0 with 12:00 remaining on the first quarter.

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Colt Under Center

MOBILE, Ala. - Colt Brennan got the start for the South squad, but spent most the five play drive handing it off. Brennan threw two passes - the first one a swing pass to Kentucky TE Jacob Tamme for eight yards and a first down. The second was an interception.

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Proving Time

MOBILE, Ala. - It's another rainy, dreary day in Southwestern Alabama, but that hasn't seemed to dampen the spirits of the many thousands who have turned out to Ladd-Peebles Stadium in this football crazed state as the 2008 Senior Bowl is about to get underway.

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