Rattler goes 4-for-4 with TD, National beats American 16-7 in Senior Bowl 

Bo Nix

South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler went 4-for-4 and threw a touchdown as the National team beat American 16-7 at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday afternoon.

Rattler played two series at the start of the game. He connected with TCU’s Emani Bailey, Missouri’s Cody Schrader twice and once to Georgia’s Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint on a 29-yard touchdown, totaling 65 yards. 

READ: Michigan promotes Kirk Campbell to OC, Grant Newsome to OL coach

After Rattler and American scored to start the Senior Bowl, the National team went on to score 16 unanswered points all in the second half. 

Oregon’s Bo Nix connected with Minnesota tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford for a 2-yard touchdown to cap a seven-play, 55-yard drive that lasted 3:40 in the first quarter. 

All National needed then was three field goals kicked by Stanford kicker Joshua Karty from distances of 37 yards, 52 and 19. 

READ: Big Ten, SEC form joint advisory group

Washington State cornerback Chau Smith-Wade dove for an interception with 1:38 left as the American team drove to National’s 16-yard line, and he returned it 83 yards to set up for Karty’s game-sealing field goal with 1:15 remaining. 

Smith-Wade was named National’s player of the game.

Among the other participants in the Senior Bowl included Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman, Tennessee gunslinger Joe Milton III and Tulane’s Michael Pratt. The three of them combined to go 20-48 for 194 passing yards and three interceptions, and Milton had two of them. 

2023 Burlsworth Trophy winner Schrader had a game-high 54 receiving yards across five receptions. He also carried the rock for 12 yards totaling 66 all-purpose yards. 

Bailey rushed for a game-high 53 yards. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry. 

READ: Ohio Lineman Jake Cook Commits to Louisville

American outgained the National team 271 yards to 184. Neither team surpassed more than 94 rushing yards, while the American team committed four turnovers. 

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was part of the lead-up toward the Senior Bowl but decided not to play.

It was the first sellout at the Senior Bowl since 2010, according to The Associated Press.