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South captures Senior Bowl with last-second TD

MOBILE, Ala. -- Andre Caldwell scored on a 2-yard end around on the final play of the Senior Bowl to cap a 14-play, 86-yard final drive and lift the South to a 17-16 win over the North on Saturday.

The Florida receiver took the handoff from his team's former rival, Tennessee's Erik Ainge, and plunged across the goal line.

Caldwell celebrated with a Gator chomp in the final game of his college career, and Georgia's Brandon Coutu made the extra point.

"I knew I was going to get hit," Caldwell said. "I just lowered my head. To get in the end zone was a great feeling."

The win gave San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan, who guided the South, bragging rights over the North's Lane Kiffin, who coaches the Bay Area-rival Oakland Raiders.

Ainge took over at his own 14 with 2:48 left after the North was stopped on fourth down. He completed six passes and benefited from a pass interference call and some nice runs for extra yardage by his receivers.

After gaining 84 yards in 2:33, Ainge threw three incompletions in the end zone, leaving only 2 seconds on the clock for a final play.

"On that last play, you have a chance to call anything because it's the last play," Nolan said. "Whereas the ones prior, he just had to keep it alive and not use up all the clock. A play like that you call it the first or second play and we never get another play off. It was a great call and it worked."

Michigan's Chad Henne accounted for both North touchdowns with a 36-yard pass to Cal's Lavelle Hawkins in the first half and a 4-yarder to Missouri tight end Martin Rucker with 14:32 left in the game.

Hawkins led all receivers with 63 yards on three catches.

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