AP Sports Writer
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Call it a draw.
Chad Pennington and Chris Redman, considered by most scouts as the top two quarterbacks in the NFL draft, each directed two scoring drives Saturday while
leading the North to a 24-21 victory over the South in the Senior Bowl.
"Each of them at one time or another demonstrated something that I think would lead people to say `He's a guy who can play in the NFL," North coach George
Seifert said. "They both played well."
The two, friends since meeting at the 1998 Motor City Bowl, had insisted all week there was no competition between them.
"Everyone here is working hard and trying to move on to the next level," said Penningtonn. "We're just two of those chasing the same dream as everyone else."
That attitude led both to say they didn't care who was drafted higher, much less who started the game.
But it mattered to the scouts, who charted their every move Saturday.
Pennington got the starting nod, but played only four series. The Marshall quarterback threw for 92 yards and a 4-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 2-yard run that
made it 21-21.
He completed 11 of 14 passes and was the game's Most Valuable Player.
"I felt really comfortable out there and I think the key to that was to approach the practices like an actual game," Pennington said. "Then when the game came, I
just tried to have a little fun, toss the ball around and put some points on the board."
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 second quarter lead by directing a nine-play drive
that ended with a 6-yard touchdown run by Ohio State's Michael Wiley.
He later led the North on its game-winning drive, moving them 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 5:19 to play.
Redman finished 12-of-20 for 134 yards and was the North's Most Valuable Offensive Player.
"I don't think it was vintage Chris Redman, but I think I played well," said Redman, who played two series in the first half then not again until the fourth quarter. "I
had to come in kind of cold from the sidelines, and that's the biggest thing about these games."
Penn State's Brandon Short was the North's Most Valuable Defensive Player. He had seven tackles, six unassisted.
New Mexico's Brian Urlacher was the South's Most Valuable Defensive Player with five total tackles - one for a loss.
Arizona State's J.R. Redmond was the South's Most Valuable Offensive Player, leading all rushers with 61 yards on 10 carries.
Redman and Pennington weren't the only two quarterbacks to thrive. Of the game's six QBs, only Hofstra's Giovanni Carmazzi failed to lead a scoring drive. But
Carmazzi was on the North with Pennington and Redman, and had to fight for playing time. On his three short series, he finished 2-of-6 for 18 yards.
Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin overcame two first-half interceptions and threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Alabama's Shamari Buchanan in the third
quarter. That gave the South a 21-14 lead with 7:03 to play in the third quarter.
Martin finished 5-of-8 for 65 yards.
"I have a knack for starting slow and finishing strong," said Martin, who grew up in Mobile and played high school high school just minutes away from the
"This is where I came from and I wanted to do something good," he said. "I think I did and now I look forward to bigger and better things."
Louisiana Tech's Tim Rattay directed a 13-play second quarter drive that led to a 4-yard touchdown run by LSU's Rondell Mealey. Rattay finished 5-of-12 for 45
And Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton engineered a 10-play drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run by Arizona State's Terrelle Smith and tied the game at 14-14
right before halftime.
Hamilton finished 5-of-8 for 49 yards.
The game got off to an auspicious start for its two celebrated heroes.
Both started the game for the South and both produced the first turnovers. Alexander fumbled the ball on the first series of the game at the end of a 10-yard gain. It
was recovered by Minnesota's Tyrone Carter, but didn't lead to any points for the North.
The South wasn't so lucky on its next possession, when Martin was intercepted by Michigan State's Julian Peterson, who returned it 20 yards to the South 17-yard
line. The North turned it into a 7-0 lead six plays later when Pennington threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Farmer.
Martin was intercepted a second time in the waning moments of the first half by Penn State's David Macklin.
Alexander finished with 32 yards on seven carries.