MOBILE, Ala. -- EJ Manuel's January couldn't have gone much better on the field. More importantly, he's hoping for a similarly happy February for his family.

The Florida State quarterback passed for a touchdown and rushed for another on the South's first two drives in a 21-16 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, and was named Most Outstanding Player.

Now, he can try to be the MOS -- Most Outstanding Son. His mother, Jackie Manuel, who was diagnosed with breast cancer before the season, has been recovering from her final round of chemotherapy, and Manuel said she's scheduled to have surgery on Feb. 1.

"That's kind of been my motivation," Manuel said. "I call my mom every single day and tell her I love her.

 South wide receiver Conner Vernon (82) of Duke, is flipped up by North defensive back Dwayne Gratz of Connecticut  after reception during first quarter of
South wide receiver Conner Vernon (82) of Duke, is flipped up by North defensive back Dwayne Gratz of Connecticut after reception during first quarter of Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. ( G.M. Andrews )
I never miss a day.

"They'll be sending that award home to her. I won that award for her. I went out there and played well for her. I'm happy I was able to do it."

And even happier to return to her side in Virginia for a few days, instead of just squeezing in Skype and Facetime sessions.

It was a great finish for Manuel to a month that began with a 291-yard performance in an Orange Bowl victory over Northern Illinois.

Manuel and running backs Stepfan Taylor and Mike James combined to put the game for senior NFL prospects away on the South's final drive. Stanford's Taylor carried five times for 32 yards and caught a 6-yard pass from Manuel.

Manuel converted a fourth-and-1 play on a sneak to set up a 5-yard touchdown run for Miami's James with 2:41 left.


He completed 7 of 10 passes for 76 yards with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Alabama tight end Michael Williams. He also scored on a 2-yard run.

Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel Ansah received MOP honors for the South team while Purdue defensive lineman Kawann Short was the North's top player.

Colorado tight end Nick Kasa caught one pass for 8 yards for the North.

South 21, North 16

North 0 0 10 6--16

South 14 0 0 7--21

First Quarter

Sou -- Manuel 2 run (Hopkins kick), 13:11

Sou -- Williams 20 pass from Manuel (Hopkins kick), 4:31.

Third Quarter

Nor -- Franklin 20 run (Sharp kick), 10:44

Nor -- FG Sharp 42, 3:28.

Fourth Quarter

Sou -- James 5 run (Hopkins kick), 2:41

Nor -- Barner 3 pass from Dysert (pass failed), :23

A -- 38,636.

Nor Sou

First downs 20 14

Rushes-yards 24-45 33-105

Passing 219 132

Comp-Att-Int 22-42-2 18-30-1

Return Yards 112 182

Punts-Avg. 7-45.4 5-52.4

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 5-50 2-26

Time of Possession 29:12 30:48


RUSHING -- North, Franklin 5-41, Rouse 6-15, Barner 3-13, Juszczyk 4-9, TM 1-1, Glennon 1-1, Robinson 1-(minus-3), Dysert 2-(minus-11), Nassib 1-(minus-21). South, Taylor 9-53, Gillislee 10-46, James 6-10, Manuel 4-10, T. Williams 2-8, Jones 2-(minus-22).

PASSING -- North, Dysert 10-16-1 93, Glennon 8-16-0 82, Nassib 4-10-1 44. South, Wilson 8-11-0 40, Manuel 7-10-1 76, Jones 3-9-0 16.

RECEIVING -- North, Barner 7-59, Goodwin 5-44, Wheaton 4-47, Robinson 2-21, Doyle 1-22, Harper 1-12, Kasa 1-8, Rouse 1-6. South, Vernon 4-36, James 3-11, M. Williams 2-39, King 2-19, Taylor 2-8, Bohanon 2-6, T. Williams 1-9, Hamilton 1-3, Rivera 1-1.