MOBILE, Ala. — Harvey Langi put the final defensive stamp on the South's 16-15 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
The former BYU linebacker and Bingham High standout intercepted a tipped Nate Peterman pass in the end zone on a two-point conversion attempt with 1:51 to play, ensuring the South maintained a one-point lead.
It was the biggest play from the three players with Utah ties in this year's Senior Bowl, an annual showcase for the top senior college talent and a game in which players can display their skills to NFL teams.
Fellow Cougar Jamaal Williams, BYU's career leading rusher, also played with Langi for the South team, while former University of Utah and East High defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, who played at USC as a grad transfer in 2016, suited up for the North team.
Each player had his moments during the game.
Williams earned the most hype heading into Saturday's contest, having been named the top practice player at running back during the week. He finished the game with a team-high eight carries for 29 yards, a 3.6 per-carry average, and two receptions for 9 yards. Williams played 24 snaps unofficially and made the tackle on the opening kickoff.
His biggest contribution came during the South's 16-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to start the third quarter. Williams got the ball on the first three plays of the drive, including a 5-yard reception, a 4-yard carry and a 3-yard run on third-and-1. He added a tough 9-yard carry up the middle on second-and-10 later in the series, likely his most impressive carry of the day.
Williams also had a 5-yard carry to midfield for a first down on second-and-4 on the South's final drive. It came after the North cut it to a one-point game and helped the South team run out the clock.
"When he’s healthy, this dude runs hard. I know he just took a lick, but he delivers a lot of them," NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said of Williams during the NFL Network telecast of the game. "He’s one of my favorite players in that mid-round range. I think you’ll probably see him in the fourth, fifth round, but he’s going to be a nice piece to somebody’s backfield."
Langi had arguably the best day among the locals at the Senior Bowl. In addition to his defensive duties, he played on special teams and logged 42 unofficial snaps.
On his second defensive play, Langi stopped former Toledo running back Kareem Hunt for a 3-yard loss during the first quarter. He had an assisted tackle on Hunt later in that drive and would have added a tackle for no gain on first-and-goal at the South 1, but the play was wiped out by a North penalty.
Langi had three tackles in the game, including a tackle on a pass play to the South 13-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Then came his game-clinching interception on the two-point conversion.Comment on this story
Tu’ikolovatu also had his moment, recovering a fumble from wide receiver Josh Reynolds on a reverse during the second quarter. The run-stuffing defensive tackle also had an assisted tackle on a Williams 1-yard carry in the second quarter.
Tu’ikolovatu finished the game with 24 unofficial snaps.
NOTE: Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata also earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl but re-aggravated a hamstring injury on Tuesday, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, and left Alabama following the injury.