2020 Senior Bowl Recap: North tops South, 34-17

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The Reese’s Senior Bowl is the biggest of the college football post-season all-star games. And the 2020 Senior Bowl provided a platform for a number of NFL Draft prospects. In this one, the North topped the South, 34-17

Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions led the North team, who used a dominant third quarter to win the game. Utah State’s Jordan Love started for the North, but couldn’t parley a solid week at practice to the game. Love finished 4-of-6 for 26 yards. He also ran four times for four yards. 

Senior Bowl Scoring

The South team was led by Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Cincinnati Bengal’s head coach Zac Taylor led the South, and the game started well for them. Herbert quarterbacked a 65-yard opening touchdown drive. He worked under center and showed mobility on the drive. He connected with Florida’s Lamical Perine on a 16-yard touchdown pass. 

The North team answered Herbert’s touchdown with one of their own. Michigan’s Shea Patterson found TCU’s Darius Anderson for a 75-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. 

Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts led the South in second quarter to a field goal. Hurts sported a special helmet for the game, which displayed both the Oklahoma and Alabama logos on it. The North answered with a field goal of their own before the half. 

In the third quarter, the North took control. Washington State’s Anthony Gordon orchestrated three touchdown drives to open the second half. The first saw Baylor’s JaMycal Hasty score on an 11-yard run. Then Gordon found Notre Dame wideout Chase Claypool for a 1-yard touchdown. In addition, Gordon hit Liberty receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden for a 5-yard score. 

In the fourth quarter, Jalen Hurts found Tennessee’s Jauan Jennings for an 18-yard touchdown for the South. The North team finished the game’s scoring with a 50-yard field goal by Georgia State’s Tyler Bass. The North’s kicker finished 2-of-2 on field goals and 4-of-4 on extra points. The South’s kicker, Rodrigo Blankenship from Georgia, missed one of his two field goal attempts and hit both his extra-point tries. 

Senior Bowl Standouts

Senior Bowl
Oregon’s Justin Herbert took home MVP honors at the 2020 Senior Bowl. (Photo Credit: Bill Dutch/AP)

The South’s Justin Herbert was named the game’s MVP despite only playing one quarter for the losing team. Herbert finished 9-of-12 for 83 yards and a touchdown. He also gained 22 yards on three carries. 

Patterson led the North team with 131 yards and one touchdown on 6-of-10 passing. He also threw one interception. 

UCLA’s Joshua Kelley tallied 105 yards on 15 carries for the North, while Memphis’s Antonio Gibson led the South with 68 yards on 11 carries. 

Defensive Stars

All-Stars normally don’t emphasize defense, and the 2020 Senior Bowl was no different. Defenses were limited to only four rushers. In addition, no 5-man pressures or blitzes from secondary were permitted.

Utah’s Bradlee Anae¬†made the most of his opportunity. He registered sacks on consecutive plays in the second quarter. He also was in on a third sack in the third quarter. Anae finished with 13 sacks in 2019.¬†

Syracuse’s Alton Robinson also flashed on Saturday. After only picking up 4.5 sacks in 2019, he registered 1.5 sacks at the 2020 Senior Bowl. 

Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes also picked up a pair of sacks. 

Notre Dame cornerback Troy Pride Jr. intercepted a pass from Steven Montez and returned it 33 yards. Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison also intercepted a pass for the North. 

Georgia Southern cornerback Kindle Vildor nabbed the South’s only interception. 

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