Chad Pennington and Chris Redman, considered by most scouts as the top two quarterbacks in the upcoming NFL draft, directed two scoring drives each yesterday while leading the North to a 24-21 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
The two insisted all week there was no competition between them. They even said neither cared who was drafted higher, much less who started the game.
But it did matter to the scouts, who charted their every move.
Pennington got the starting nod, but only played four series. The Marshall quarterback threw for 92 yards and a four-yard touchdown pass to UCLA's Danny Farmer in the first quarter.
In the fourth quarter he led the North on a game-tying scoring drive, completing four of five passes before Michigan's Aaron Shea scored on a two-yard run that made it 21-21.
Pennington completed 11 of 14 passes and was the game's most valuable player.
Redman, of Louisville, entered the game on the North's third possession and played five series.
He didn't throw for any touchdowns, but led the North on two scoring drives. He helped the North take a 14-7 lead by directing a nine-play drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown run by Ohio State's Michael Wiley.
He later led the North on its game-winning drive, moving it 12 plays--and completing a 15-yard pass to Farmer on fourth and 11--before Michigan State's Paul Edinger kicked the go-ahead field goal with 5 minutes 19 seconds to play.
Redman finished 12 of 20 for 134 yards and was the North's most valuable offensive player.
Penn State's Brandon Short was the North's most valuable defensive player.
New Mexico's Brian Urlacher was the South's most valuable defensive player and Arizona State's J.R. Redmond was the South's most valuable offensive player. Redmond led all rushers with 61 yards on 10 carries.
HULA BOWL: Wisconsin linebacker Donnel Thompson blocked Jimmy Kibble's 25-yard field goal attempt as time expired and the North tied the South, 28-28, in the all-star game held in Wailuku, Hawaii.
Thompson's play against Virginia Tech's Kibble (Osbourn Park) salvaged a tie for the North, which was in danger of losing after overcoming a 28-7 deficit.
The North rally started when Nebraska defensive end Aaron Wills recovered a fumbled handoff between Mark Bulger and Dylan Ching of San Diego on the South 15 and returned it to the 3. Thomas Hamner of Minnesota took it in from the 1 two plays later to make it 28-14.
Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne of Wisconsin, playing briefly, gained 21 yards on six carries and caught one pass for 10 yards.
Curtis Keaton of James Madison scored for the South on a one-yard run 15 seconds before halftime.