Cousins, Wilson lead North to win in Senior Bowl

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MOBILE, Ala. — Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins and Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson threw touchdown passes to lead the North to a 23-13 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl on Saturday.

South wide receiver Juron Criner, of Arizona, is tackled by North defensive back Donnie Fletcher, of Boston College, during the Senior Bowl. The North won 23-13.  DAVE MARTIN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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South wide receiver Juron Criner, of Arizona, is tackled by North defensive back Donnie Fletcher, of Boston College, during the Senior Bowl. The North won 23-13.

Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs put it away with his third short field goal, a 28-yarder with 4:11 left in the showcase for senior NFL prospects.

Georgia cornerback and return man Brandon Boykin left the game with what was believed to be a broken leg, but the severity of the injury has varied.

“Everyone I appreciate the prayers.It’s not as bad as the reports have said. Small set back.b back in 3 weeks! Cheer up!God makes no mistakes,’’ Boykin posted on his Twitter account Saturday night.

Boise State’s Kellen Moore led that clinching 13-play drive that consumed 8:36 with the help of a running clock.

It snuffed out a spark provided by South quarterback Nick Foles, of Arizona, who started his career with Cousins at Michigan State.

Foles had gotten the South into the end zone by firing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Arizona teammate Juron Criner with 12:55 left in the game.

Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead had a big day for the North. He set a Senior Bowl record in the first half with 98 yards on two late punt returns, and was named the MVP. Pead also rushed for a team-high 31 yards on eight carries.

Cousins completed 5 of 11 passes for 115 yards but threw an interception. Moore was 6 of 12 passing for 50 yards, and had a 23-yarder to set up the final field goal that put the North up two scores.

Wilson completed 4 of 7 passes for 45 yards with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones in the second quarter. He also threw an interception.

Arkansas receiver Joe Adams, the South’s Most Outstanding Player, had six catches for 116 yards after losing a fumble on the opening drive.

Antonio Allen, of South Carolina, led the South with seven tackles. Brandon Thompson, of Clemson, had two.

Georgia’s Drew Butler had four punts averaging 50.5 yards. Brandon Boykin had only one kickoff return for 15 yards.

WISCONSIN: Has extended the contract of football coach Bret Bielema through the end of the 2016 season.

Bielema, who got a raise to $2.5 million last February, had his five-year deal extended through Jan. 31, 2017. Bielema led the Badgers to their first back-to-back Rose Bowls in a dozen years.

RUTGERS: Interim coach Kyle Flood interviewed for the head coaching job to replace Greg Schiano.

Schiano stepped down on Thursday to take over the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

KANSAS: Granted freshman quarterback Brock Berglund a release from his scholarship.


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