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PENNINGTON, REDMAN SHOWCASE TALENTS FOR SCOUTS

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 Pennington. "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, including 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 4 of 5 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 winning drive, running 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.

Rules go out the window

WAILUKU, Hawaii -- Hula Bowl rules say teams aren't supposed to rush the kicker. Unless, of course, the game is on the line, in which case the rules get tossed out.

With the South poised to kick the winning field goal on the game's last play, Wisconsin linebacker Donnel Thompson blocked the 25-yard attempt by Virginia Tech's Jimmy Kibble to preserve a 28-28 tie in the Hula Bowl.

"We couldn't just let him win the game like that," said North coach Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin. "It ended up the way it should have."

South coach Phil Fulmer of Tennessee ran onto the field after the block, but couldn't get a penalty called.

"I think we're going to turn that one into the (NCAA) ethics committee," Fulmer joked. "It was a great ball game and it's probably appropriate that it ended in a tie."

The North rallied from a 28-7 third-quarter deficit, with a 1-yard run by Marshall's Doug Chapman sandwiched around runs of 1 and 3 yards by Minnesota's Thomas Hamner, whose second TD tied it with 3:15 left.

The South then took the ball to the North 5 on a 63-yard pass from West Virginia quarterback Mark Bulger to Texas A&M's Chris Cole, then ran down the clock to set up Kibble's field-goal attempt.

Bulger, who was 4 of 6 for 112 yards, gave the South a 28-7 lead with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Duke's Scottie Montgomery early in the third quarter.

The North rally started when Nebraska defensive end Aaron Wills recovered a fumbled handoff between Bulger and Dylan Ching of San Diego on the South 15 and returned it to the 3.

Hamner took it in from the 1 two plays later to make it 28-14 with 49 seconds left in the quarter.

Chapman's score with 9:17 to play ended a 32-yard drive aided by a short punt by Kibble.

Hamner's second TD, a 3-yard run with 3:15 to play, capped a drive in which Fresno State quarterback Billy Volek completed three passes to Iowa receiver Brashir Yamini and got a pass interference call on a pass to Yamini to bring the ball to the South 14.

Volek was 14 of 21 for 157 yards and Yamini, the North MVP, had 12 receptions for 115 yards.

Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne of Wisconsin gained 21 yards on six carries, including a 9-yard TD run, and caught one pass for 10 yards.

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