Rudolph leads S.C. to 28-23 Shrine Bowl win
Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Gaffney's Shaq Davidson with 16 seconds left in the game to lift South Carolina to a 28-23 victory over North Carolina at the Shrine Bowl all-star game Saturday.
Rudolph completed 15 of his 22 passes and threw three touchdowns to win the offensive MVP for South Carolina. Rudolph graduated high school early and plans to enroll at Oklahoma State in a few weeks.
But he made sure his farewell performance in South Carolina was a memorable one, and he thanked his teammates for giving him the chance.
"(Davidson) made a great play to get to the ball — a lot of guys made great plays to get us down the field. It's been awesome all week to have great athletes like that to make you look good," said Rudolph, who won the South Carolina Mr. Football award earlier this month.
North Carolina's Elijah Hood ran for three second-half touchdowns. The University of North Carolina commit from Charlotte Catholic gained 99 yards on 23 carries and was his team's offensive MVP.
North Carolina was coached by Lee County head coach Burton Cates, in his first time as the N.C. head coach. Yellow Jacket defensive end Thomas Ferguson was on the N.C. all-star team.
South Carolina led 14-0 at the half on Rudolph touchdown passes to Chapman's Tyshun Samuel and Byrnes' Shaedon Meadors, but Hood said his team didn't panic.
"We went into the locker room and made some adjustments on offense," Hood said. "Those adjustments just opened everything up for us. It was a testament to our teamwork and the coaches that we were able to come out and get the momentum."
North Carolina had the ball for 12:38 in the third quarter, and Hood's 6-yard touchdown in the opening minute of the fourth quarter gave North Carolina its first lead at 17-14.
South Carolina took the lead back 21-17 on Joe Blue's 1-yard plunge with 12:30 left. Hood then scored another 6-yard TD with less than two minutes left put North Carolina up 23-21.
Rudolph then led South Carolina on a 10-play 68-yard drive for the winning score.
Daniel linebacker Solomon Brown was South Carolina's defensive MVP, while Greensboro Dudley safety Emmanuel Moseley was North Carolina's defensive MVP.
South Carolina made it back-to-back wins and leads the series 43-30-4.