MOBILE, Alabama -- The attention all week centered around North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, but Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was the field general who impressed in the 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl.
Prescott thew the South's only touchdown pass in the game, a five-yard touchdown pass to receiver Paul McRoberts from Southeast Missouri State in the second quarter. Prescott finished the game going 7/10 for 61 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed three times for 13 yards.
Wentz's performance Saturday won't hurt his draft stock, but it won't help it either. With the first quarter all to himself, the Division II star went 6/10 for 50 yards and was sacked twice.
Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskell had the North's best performance from the play-caller position. Driskell went 8/9 for 108 yards and a touchdown, including a Hail Mary on the game's final play to Michigan State receiver Aaron Burbridge.
"It was fun for us to get a chance to work with all of those quarterbacks," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. "We had a really good group. And there's so much for a quarterback to learn in a short period of time.
"Carson did a good job. I thought the other guys did too; Driskell, Hogan, Kessler did a nice job. Each of those guys, Monday night, we got together and gave each of them a playbook and said you got to learn it fast. And each of those guys had the right approach. I think they got better. It was fun to work with them."
TCU's Aaron Green led all ball carriers with a 6.8 yards per carry on five attempts for 34 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown run for the South in the first quarter. Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington, also playing for the South, tallied 36 yards on eight carries.
Baylor receiver Jay Lee led the South with four catches for 49 yards, while the North's tight end Nick Vannett from Ohio State caught three passes for a game-high 58 yards. His teammate, receiver Braxton Miller, was limited to just two catches for eight yards.
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevitch had a game-high eight tackles, four of them being solo. Matakevitch found great motivation playing for the North squad, especially linebackers coach Matt Eberflus
"He was awesome," Matakevitch said. "He's one of those coaches that really wants his players to be right. He took a lot of heart in that. And they showed us the details and really wanted us -- if you were confused, they would explain it to us. It made my life a lot easier."
The North was led by Matakevitch's tackles, but Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman led the South with two sacks, the most for the game. South pass rushers harrassed North quarterbacks the entire game, accumulating five sacks total.
TCU running back Aaron Green rushes for a 25-yard touchdown with 4:00 to go in the first quarter to establish a 7-0 South lead (Ross Martin kick).
Duke kicker Ross Martin nails a 48-yard field goal with 20 seconds to go in the first quarter to make it 10-0 South.
UCLA kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn hits a 36-yard field goal to narrow the margin 10-3 with 2:56 in the second quarter.
Southeast Missouri receiver Paul McRoberts catches a five-yard touchdown pass from Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott to make it 17-3 (Martin kick) with 22 seconds in the second quarter.
Martin hits a 40-yard field goal to increase the South's lead to 20-3.
USC quarterback Cody Kessler scores on a one-yard quarterback to help the North chip into the South's 20-10 lead (Fairbairn kick) with 1:53 in the third quarter.
Alabama running back Kenyan Drake rushes for a one-yard touchdown rush (Martin kick) to enlarge the South margin 27-10with 6:28 in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Burbridge catches a 29-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Driskell to finalize the 27-16 score as time expired.null