CCU grad Tolbert scores game-winner in Pro Bowl

nfl-tolbertprobowlCoastal Carolina product Mike Tolbert’s two-point conversion run gave Jerry Rice’s team a 22-21 victory over Deion Sanders’ squad in the first Pro Bowl played without conference designations.

The second-lowest scoring Pro Bowl since 1998 wasn’t decided until the final minute, when Tolbert, a Carolina Panthers fullback, took a handoff straight up the middle and plowed his 5-foot-9, 245-pound frame just over the goal line for the winning score.

“I knew there was going to be a gap and I had to beat the safety,” Tolbert said. “I was so excited, man. Once the safety was a little bit late, I made the play.”

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was selected the game’s most outstanding offensive player, finishing 7-for-10 for 89 yards and a touchdown to put Team Sanders ahead 21-14. The second-year Philadelphia Eagles quarterback completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron for the first score of the second half.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who along with Foles were the last two players selected in the new draft format, got the ball back on his own 42 with 1:24 remaining. He needed just four plays to tie the game, hitting Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray for a 20-yard score to set up the winning conversion.

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