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A wild end (around) to all-star game

January 27, 2008

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South team wide receiver Andre Caldwell, left, outruns the North team's Tracy Porter (19) to the end zone on the final play of the Senior Bowl. The South prevailed, 17-16, Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

South team wide receiver Andre Caldwell, left, outruns the North team's Tracy Porter (19) to the end zone on the final play of the Senior Bowl. The South prevailed, 17-16, Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

— For once, Andre Caldwell and Erik Ainge had a dramatic finish that both could cheer.

Florida's Caldwell scored on a two-yard end around off a handoff from Tennessee's Ainge 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.

After careers spent battling for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division in a bitter rivalry, they made for an odd pairing on the winning play.

"It's fun to end your college career like that," said Ainge, whose 13-of-21 passing and 159 yards all came in the second half. "I'll remember handing the ball to a Gator to win for the rest of my life."

Caldwell plunged into the end zone, getting hit by Terrence Wheatley at the goal line, and promptly celebrated the fourth-down score with a Gator chomp. Georgia's Brandon Coutu then 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."

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