Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott helped the South beat the North 27-16 in the Senior Bowl and was voted the game’s Most Outstanding Player.

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MOBILE, Ala. – Dak Prescott didn’t want to let his Senior Bowl turn end quietly.

The Mississippi State quarterback’s first drive of the second quarter included a false-start penalty and led only to a punt, but he bounced back on his second chance to run the offense and helped lead the South to a 27-16 victory over the North on Saturday.

“I came back the second series and realized that if I wanted to make something happen in this game, this was my only opportunity,” Prescott said.

Prescott, who was voted the game’s Most Outstanding Player, threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Southeast Missouri’s Paul McRoberts.

SEC West quarterbacks Brandon Allen of Arkansas and Jake Coker of Alabama also guided South scoring drives.

Allen passed for a game-high 106 yards, including a couple of on-target deep balls. Prescott threw for 61 yards. Both were 7 of 10 passing.

Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman was voted the South’s most valuable player and Boise State safety Darian Thompson was named North MVP.

The game’s top QB prospect, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, completed 6 of 10 passes for 50 yards. He got positive reviews from scouts during the week.


• The University of California has admitted its negligence was a substantial factor in the death of former Golden Bears player Ted Agu. The 21-year-old defensive lineman died nearly two years ago after a strenuous team workout.

His family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, contending Agu had sickle cell trait and should not have been put through an exercise where Cal players sprinted on a hill while holding a rope together.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the university acknowledged liability in court papers. UC Berkeley officials said by declining to contest liability, they could focus the legal proceedings on appropriate compensation for Agu’s family.

• Southern Mississippi hired Alcorn State’s Jay Hopson as its coach.

Hopson, 47, replaces Todd Monken, who left last week after three seasons to become offensive coordinator for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers.