MOBILE, Ala. — Washington State cornerback Chau Smith-Wade returned an interception 83 yards within the closing two minutes to arrange a decisive rating and safe the Nationwide crew’s 16-7 victory over the American crew within the Senior Bowl on Saturday.
In a recreation dominated by the defenses, Smith-Wade sprawled out to select off a deep ball from Tennessee’s Joe Milton III. He hesitated momentarily earlier than realizing he wasn’t formally down underneath NFL guidelines.
Then he shook off one deal with try on the appropriate sideline and in the reduction of throughout the sector earlier than TCU operating again Emani Bailey stopped him on the 1 with 1:38 left.
“I acquired up and it is not faculty anymore the place you are down,” mentioned Smith-Wade, who was named the Nationwide’s participant of the sport. “You have to be down by contact now. So I acquired up, I began to have a good time just a little bit and my teammates have been like, ‘Go, go, go.'”
The offense could not punch it in, however Joshua Karty of Stanford made his third area objective, scoring on kicks of 19, 37 and 52 yards.
Smith-Wade acquired his second decide on a Hail Mary go into the tip zone by Tulane’s Michael Pratt.
It wasn’t a giant recreation for the quarterbacks, with the top-rated passers seeing solely restricted motion.
Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. opted to not play. The Heisman Trophy runner-up did take part in practices this week after main the Huskies to the nationwide championship recreation.
Nix, who began his profession just a few hours away at Auburn, accomplished 4 of 5 passes for 21 yards in two collection. His closing play was a 2-yard landing to Minnesota tight finish Brevyn Spann-Ford when he rolled out earlier than firing up the center. It was the crew’s solely TD.
“He is simply completely a winner,” mentioned Nationwide coach Jeff Ulbrich, the New York Jets defensive coordinator.
Rattler accomplished all 4 of his makes an attempt for 65 yards. He capped his first drive with a 29-yard landing go to Georgia’s Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint.
“I felt like I wished to come back out right here, create relationships and have enjoyable,” Rattler mentioned. “This was simply the cherry on prime.”
Not one of the different quarterbacks have been as efficient.
Milton was 9-of-13 passing for 80 yards for the American crew however was intercepted twice.
Notre Dame’s Sam Hartman performed a lot of the method for the Nationwide crew. He went 7-of-25 for 69 yards with an interception.
TCU’s Bailey had 4 runs and a catch totaling 35 yards on the American crew’s first 5 performs. He completed with 53 yards on 10 carries and 4 catches for one more 34 yards.
Florida State defensive deal with Braden Fiske switched sides Saturday morning to the Nationwide crew due to roster attrition. He had 4 tackles and 1½ tackles for loss, and was in on a sack.
It was the sport’s first sellout since 2010, when Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was on the roster. Gamers wore helmets with stickers that includes a parrot ingesting a margarita to honor the late Cellular native Jimmy Buffett.