Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Prescott wraps up career with win

MOBILE, Ala. — Dak Prescott didn't want to let his Senior Bowl turn end quietly.

The Mississippi State quarterback's first drive of the second quarter included a false start penalty and led only to a punt, but he bounced back on his second chance Saturday to help lead the South to a 27-16 victory over the North.

"I came back the second series and realized that if I wanted to make something happen in this game, this was my only opportunity," Prescott said. "And it was a two-minute drive. I got the guys going. They rallied behind me, blocked well, made some good catches and we were able to get in the end zone."

Prescott ran a couple of times and hit Southeast Missouri wide receiver Paul McRoberts for a 5-yard touchdown on his way to most valuable player honors.

North Carolina State's Jacoby Brissett, a Florida transfer, got into the act with a touchdown drive in the fourth for the South. Brissett was 5-of-6 for 50 yards.

He and former Gators teammate Jeff Driskel — who played his final season at Louisiana Tech — matched up in the final quarter. Driskel's wobbly throw on the final play went into a crowd for a 29-yard touchdown to Aaron Burbridge of Michigan State. Driskel was 8-of-9 for 109 yards.

Baylor's 6-foot-7 defensive end Shawn Oakman had two first-half sacks and a forced fumble and was named the South's most valuable player. Boise State safety Darian Thompson (five tackles, two pass breakups) was the North MVP.

The game's top quarterback prospect, North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, had a mostly quiet first quarter. He was 6-of-10 for 50 yards and the North didn't score, but he drew positive reviews during the week.

Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison and Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker, a former Armwood High standout, had three tackles each for the South.

Player death fallout: The school admitted its negligence was a substantial factor in the death of former player Ted Agu. The 21-year-old defensive lineman died on Feb. 7, 2014, after a strenuous team workout. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, arguing that Agu had sickle cell trait and should not have been put through an exercise where players sprinted up and down a hill while holding a rope together. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the university acknowledged liability in court papers signed Monday. Experts say sickle cell can affect some athletes in periods of intense exercise.

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