Manuel leads South to Senior Bowl win
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Florida State's E.J. Manuel passed for a touchdown and rushed for another on the South's first two drives in a 21-16 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.
Manuel and running backs Stepfan Taylor and Mike James combined to put the game for senior NFL prospects away on the South's final drive. Stanford's Taylor carried five times for 32 yards and caught a 6-yard pass from Manuel.
Manuel converted a fourth-and-1 play on a sneak to set up a 5-yard touchdown run for Miami's James with 2:41 left.
Manuel was named the game's Most Outstanding Player. Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel Ansah received the honors for the South team while Purdue defensive lineman Kawann Short was the North's top player.
Manuel completed 7 of 10 passes for 76 yards with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Alabama tight end Michael Williams. He also scored on a 2-yard run.
Miami (Ohio) quarterback Zac Dysert answered with a scoring drive that ended with his 3-yard touchdown pass to Oregon running back Kenjon Barner with 23 seconds left. The two-point conversion and onside kick both failed.
Ansah is a native of Ghana who initially was on the track team and now is a potential first-round pick. He had seven tackles, 3.5 behind the line, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Short had three tackles, one for a loss. Taylor finished with nine carries for 53 yards for the South.n