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RB Ameer Abdullah leads North in Senior Bowl win

Posted Jan 24, 2015

Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving while leading the North to a 34-13 victory over the South on Saturday in the Senior Bowl.

MOBILE, Ala. -- Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah rushed for 73 yards and added 40 receiving while leading the North to a 34-13 victory over the South on Saturday in the Senior Bowl.

The Cornhuskers' No. 2 career rusher won MVP honors, and the running backs and defenses came up with the some of the biggest plays in a game that showcases senior NFL prospects.

Abdullah, an Alabama native, made the most of his 11 touches. Minnesota running back David Cobb gained 69 yards on 11 carries, including a 4-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.

The top passers were Baylor's Bryce Petty of the North and Colorado State's Garrett Grayson on the South. Petty was 9 of 13 for 123 yards with an interception. Grayson completed 8 of 15 passes for 118 yards.

Utah's Nate Orchard, playing outside linebacker, was chosen as the North's most outstanding player. The Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end had 1½ tackles for loss.

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Florida State guard Tre' Jackson received the honor for the South.

Two big defensive plays gave the North a double-digit lead going into the fourth quarter.

Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs picked off a pass from Southeastern Louisiana's Bryan Bennett, Marcus Mariota's one-time backup at Oregon, and raced 41 yards. Two plays later, Cobb scored for a 20-10 advantage.

Miami (Ohio)'s Quinten Rollins then intercepted another Bennett pass on the next drive. Division II Concordia-Saint Paul's Tom Obarski missed a field goal on the final play of the third quarter after hitting a 49-yarder earlier.

The game was played with two-minute warnings in each quarter, with a kickoff opening all four.

The rule gave the North the ball to start the fourth, and Yale's Tyler Varga ran for a 13-yard touchdown to put the game away. Varga added a 7-yard scoring run.

Auburn's Cameron Artis-Payne and Northern Iowa's David Johnson tied for the South rushing lead with 43 yards. Artis-Payne also had 35 yards on three catches.

Miami cornerback Ladarius Gunter made a big defensive play to end the first half, one play after his pass interference penalty kept the North's drive alive. He stopped Abdullah near the goal line on a catch from Oregon State's Sean Mannion and the clock ran out.

Mannion had ended his first drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack. He also fumbled twice.

Alabama quarterback Blake Sims nearly completed a touchdown pass to Sammie Coates of rival Auburn. Coates only managed to get one foot down and the game was played under NFL rules, which require two feet to touch in bounds. It left the two rivals at first celebrating and then arguing their case together with the official.

Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, who converted to cornerback after arriving in Mobile, had five tackles for the South, equaling the game high.


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