Donald Hollas threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Alvin Harper of Tennessee - the longest pass play of the day - and also scored on a 1-yard dive Saturday to lead the AFC to a 48-38 victory over the NFC in the 41st annual Senior Bowl.
Harper also caught a 38-yard TD pass from Louisville quarterback Browning Nagle in the third quarter, and the 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver was named Most Valuable Player.It was the second straight Senior Bowl victory for Kansas City Chiefs' coach Marty Schottenheimer.
This marked the first time in Senior Bowl history that the college stars were divided into NFC and AFC teams rather than the traditional North and South squads. Senior Bowl executive director Eric Tillman said the move was made to offer better balance for the teams.
Penn State's Gary Brown scored the first touchdown of the game for the AFC on an 8-yard run. Alabama's Philip Doyle added a 28-yard field goal, and Gary Hollingsworth of Alabama hit LSU's Harvey Williams with a 21-yard TD pass to give the AFC a 17-0 lead by the end of the first period.
The NFC got its first TD early in the second quarter on a 2-yard plunge by Auburn running back Stacey Danley, but Rice quickly countered with his TD bomb to Harper. San Diego State quarterback Dan McGwire then threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Miami wide receiver Randal Hill to pull the NFC within 24-14. Hollas' 1-yard TD plunge gave the AFC a 31-14 lead at the half.
The AFC opened the scoring in the third quarter on the Nagle to Harper TD pass. Some five minutes later the NFC capped a seven-play, 48-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge by Notre Dame's Ricky Watters.
In the fourth quarter, the NFC turned a fumbled punt return into a touchdown scored on a 15-yard pass by San Diego State's Dan McGwire to Adrian Cooper of Oklahoma. Later, Texas A&M linebacker William Thomas blocked the NFC's 35-yard field-goal attempt.
The AFC's Outstanding Defensive and Offensive players of the game were respectively Ole Miss linebacker Kelvin Pritchett and Harvey Williams of LSU. Named the NFC's Outstanding Defensive and Offensive Players were Fernandus "Snake" Vinson of North Carolina State and Notre Dame's Watters.