January 26, 2002
MOBILE, Ala. -- Rohan Davey of LSU and Patrick Ramsey of Tulane outshined the Senior Bowl's more high-profile passers to lead the South to a 41-26 victory over the North on Saturday.
Davey threw a pair of touchdown passes and Ramsey led three second-half scoring drives for the South's fourth win in five years.
The South didn't need a big day from Fresno State's David Carr, widely considered the best quarterback prospect in the upcoming NFL draft. Carr was 2-of-6 for 28 yards and sat out the second half.
The game is a showcase for top senior NFL prospects. Among those taking advantage was former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El, who made a seamless transition to receiver and return man.
Randle El, voted the game's Most Valuable Player, caught a pair of 3-yard touchdown passes from Kurt Kittner of Illinois and had a 40-yard punt return.
The North hurt itself with five turnovers, leading to 24 points.
Game officials let the clock run much of the fourth quarter, including after incomplete passes and touchdowns, all but eliminating any chance for a North comeback.
The South's defensive MVP was Andra Davis of Florida, who intercepted Kittner's pass on the first play. That set up a 51-yard field goal by college teammate Jeff Chandler.
Ramsey was the team's offensive MVP.
Brigham Young's Ryan Denney and Michigan receiver Marquise Walker were the North's MVPs. Denney sacked Carr on consecutive plays.
The South turned four first-half turnovers into 17 points and a 24-13 halftime lead.
Randle El and Davey starred in the first half. Davey, MVP of the Sugar Bowl, was only 3-of-6 but threw a pair of touchdown passes.
Davey split two defenders for a 32-yard scoring toss to Kelly Campbell of Georgia Tech on his first play. The score was set up by Joseph Jefferson's interception and long return from the goal line.
Randle El had three catches for 42 yards in the half.
Clemson's Woody Dantzler, another high-profile quarterback making a position change, didn't fare quite as well.
Dantzler's best play was actually a 52-yard halfback pass to Auburn's Tim Carter. On the next play, however, he fumbled on a run up the middle.
The South got it right back on an interception by Marquard Manuel, another former Florida defender. That set up Charles Stackhouse's 2-yard TD run to make it 38-19 early in the fourth quarter.
Two special teams muffs set up South touchdowns.
North punter Dave Zastudil couldn't handle a snap late in the first quarter, falling down at his own 3. Alabama's Freddie Milons scored on a reverse on the next play.
A fumbled punt return set up Davey's 1-yard pass to Carter with 57 seconds left. Carter led the South with four catches for 70 yards.
The North defense was missing one of its stars.
Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney, who set an NCAA record with 17.5 sacks as a senior, sat out after injuring an ankle in practice.