Jan. 28, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. -- A trio of Texas Longhorns seniors contributed to the South team's stellar defensive effort, but four turnovers led to the North's 23-13 win over the South in the 2012 Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday. Linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson and defensive tackle Kheeston Randall all started for the South team.
The Longhorn defenders helped the South defense hold the North to 2.1 yards per rush and 279 total yards.
Acho finished with five tackles, Robinson had four and Randall recorded three stops on the day. The three Texas defenders rotated in on alternate North possessions.
After a South fumble on the game's first possession, the North scored first on a 27-yard FG by Purdue's Carson Wiggs to make it 3-0.
On the ensuing drive, the South went 63 yards on 10 plays and tied the score at three on Texas A&M kicker Randy Bullock's 39-yard field goal.
Safety Brandon Taylor of LSU then intercepted Wisconsin's Russell Wilson on the North's next drive to quickly regain possession for the South. But Bobby Wagner of Utah State returned the favor and intercepted Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden three plays later to give the ball back to the North.
On the first play of the second quarter, Wilson hit Cal's Marvin Jones for an eight-yard touchdown pass to put the North up 10-3.
The South then went 73 yards on 15 plays but settled for a 24-yard FG by Bullock to make the score 10-6 with 7:35 left in the half.
On the North's next drive, Acho sniffed out a screen on a third and 15 and made a drive killing tackle to force the punt.
Later, the North's Wiggs hit a 32-yard FG at 2:05 to make it 13-6 at the half.
Arizona State's Gerrell Robinson scored on a 40-yard pass from Michigan State's Kirk Cousins early in the third to put the North up 20-6.
At 12:55 in the fourth quarter, Arizona's Nick Foles hit his Arizona teammate Juron Criner to make it 20-13 and put the South within a touchdown.
Wiggs hit a 28-yarder with 4:11 left in the game to increase the North's lead to 23-13.
After Weeden threw his second interception on the ensuing South possession, the North's Wiggs missed 37-yarder with less than two minutes to play.