NC quar­ter­backs spark North in Se­nior Bowl

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JOHN ZENOR As­so­ci­ated Press

Duke’s Daniel Jones threw a touch­down pass and ran for an­other score in the third quar­ter to lead the North to a 34-24 vic­tory over the South on Satur­day in the Se­nior Bowl.

Pro­jected as a likely first-round pick, Jones capped the week­long au­di­tion for NFL teams with an ef­fi­cient 8-of-11, 115yard pass­ing per­for­mance. Then, North Carolina State’s Ryan Fin­ley took over in the fourth quar­ter with sim­i­lar re­sults.

“Just show­ing the poise and show­ing kind of a com­fort in the of­fense is some­thing they wanted to see,” Jones said. “At times, I’m not sure I did great with that, to be hon­est. But here in the game, I think I did get com­fort­able and I got into a rhythm. Hope­fully that showed them I had the abil­ity to do that and had the re­siliency to do that.”

Jones, one of 11 ju­nior grad­u­ates in the game, and Fin­ley ig­nited a North team that trailed 12-3 at half­time only to score on its first five drives of the sec­ond half.

Jones led the North on an 84-yard touch­down drive to start the sec­ond half. He fin­ished it with a 1-yard touch­down run but com­pleted mid-range passes to four dif­fer­ent re­ceivers, to­tal­ing 57 yards.

Af­ter Texas de­fen­sive end Charles Omenihu stripped the ball from Auburn quar­ter­back Jar­rett Stid­ham, Jones de­liv­ered a quick score to take a 17-12 lead. He com­pleted a 25-yarder to Ohio State’s Terry McLau­rin on a flea flicker. Then UMass re­ceiver Andy Is­abella scored on a 19-yard catch.

Fin­ley then de­liv­ered a 23-yarder down the right side­line to Is­abella on fourth and 2 on the way to an­other North touch­down. McLau­rin ran 23 yards on an end around to set up a 4-yard touch­down run by Notre Dame’s Dex­ter Wil­liams.

Mem­phis’s Tony Pol­lard fin­ished off the North scor­ing with a 21-yard touch­down run. Pol­lard tied the NCAA record for most ca­reer kick­off re­turn touch­downs with his sev­enth against Wake For­est at the Birm­ing­ham Bowl.

BUTCH DILL AP

North QB Daniel Jones, of Duke, throws a pass dur­ing Satur­day’s first half of the Se­nior Bowl in Mo­bile, Ala.

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