Georgia’s Tykee Smith, Marcus-Rosemy-Jacksaint star in Senior Bowl

American quarterback Spencer Rattler of South Carolina throws a pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Mobile, Ala. He was named as the game's MVP. (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

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American quarterback Spencer Rattler of South Carolina throws a pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Mobile, Ala. He was named as the game's MVP. (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

Georgia defensive back Tykee Smith was the American team’s MVP after breaking up three passes in the Senior Bowl Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

Former Bulldogs teammate Marcus-Rosemy-Jacksaint caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler.

Georgia’s Ladd McConkey caught one pass for 15 yards and former Georgia defensive back Javon Bullard had four tackles. Running back Daijun Edwards did not carry the ball.

Washington State cornerback Chau Smith-Wade returned an interception 83 yards in the final two minutes to set up a decisive score and secure the National’s 16-7 victory over the American team.

In a game dominated by the defenses, Smith-Wade sprawled out to pick off a deep ball from Tennessee's Joe Milton III. He hesitated momentarily before realizing he wasn't officially down under NFL rules.

Then he shook off one tackle attempt on the right sideline and cut back across the field before TCU running back Emani Bailey stopped him at the 1 with 1:38 left.

“I got up and it’s not college anymore where you’re down,” said Smith-Wade, who was named the National’s player of the game. “You’ve got to be down by contact now. So I got up, I started to celebrate a little bit and my teammates were like, ‘Go, go, go.’”

The offense couldn't punch it in, but Joshua Karty of Stanford made his third field goal, scoring on kicks of 19, 37 and 52 yards.

Smith-Wade got his second pick on a Hail Mary pass into the end zone by Tulane's Michael Pratt.

National offensive lineman Kingsley Eguakun of Florida prepares to snap the ball during the second half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

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It wasn't a big game for the quarterbacks, with the top-rated passers seeing only limited action in the game for NFL prospects.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. opted not to play. The Heisman Trophy runner-up did participate in practices this week after leading the Huskies to the national championship game.

Fellow Pac-12 Conference star Oregon’s Bo Nix, who was third in the Heisman voting, played only two series. So did Rattler for the American team.

Nix, who started his career a few hours away at Auburn, completed 4 of 5 passes for 21 yards in two series. His final play was a 2-yard touchdown to Minnesota tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford when he rolled out before firing up the middle. It was the team's only TD.

“He's just absolutely a winner,” said National coach Jeff Ulbrich, the New York Jets defensive coordinator.

American quarterback Joe Milton III of Tennessee scrambles for yardage against the National team during the second half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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Rattler completed all four of his attempts for 65 yards and earned game MVP honors in the loss.

None of the other quarterbacks was as effective.

Milton was 9-of-13 passing for 80 yards for the American team but was intercepted twice.

Notre Dame's Sam Hartman played most of the way for the National team. He went 7 of 25 for 69 yards with an interception.

TCU's Bailey had four runs and a catch totaling 35 yards on the American team's first five plays. He finished with 53 yards on 10 carries and four catches for another 34 yards.

Florida State defensive tackle Braden Fiske switched sides Saturday morning to the National team because of roster attrition. He had four tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss and was in on a sack.

It was the game’s first sellout since 2010, when Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was on the roster. Players wore helmets with stickers featuring a parrot drinking a margarita to honor the late Mobile native Jimmy Buffett.

National quarterback Bo Nix of Oregon throws a pass during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game against the American team, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

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National quarterback Sam Hartman of Notre Dame (5) is sacked by American defender Jalyx Hunt of Houston Christian (13) and defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson of Texas A&M (3) during the second half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

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National tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford of Minnesota (88) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the American team during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/ Butch Dill)

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