South quarterback Jalen Hurts of Oklahoma is sacked by North defensive lineman Alton Robinson of Syracuse during the first half of the Senior Bowl on in Mobile, Ala. / AP photo by Butch Dill

MOBILE, Ala. — Former Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon is used to waiting his turn.

Gordon, who didn't start until his final year with the Cougars, led the North to three touchdowns in the third quarter in a 31-17 victory over the South in Saturday's Senior Bowl.

The prolific passer entered the all-star game for NFL prospects after halftime and twice took the North downfield.

"I came out swinging when it was my time," said Gordon, who wore the No. 3 jersey in honor of late Cougars quarterback Tyler Hilinski. "I guess that kind of correlates to my time at Washington State. I spent a lot of time waiting, but when my time came I was ready."

Gordon, who finished second nationally in passing yards and touchdowns, was 8-of-12 for 69 yards and two short touchdowns. One was a 2-yard toss to Notre Dame's Chase Claypool for a second straight big third-down completion.

An off-balance Gordon then connected with Liberty's Antonio Gandy-Golden late in the third quarter for a 5-yard touchdown. It was set up with an interception by Troy Pride Jr. of Notre Dame.

"My baseball background allows me to throw the ball from some unorthodox angles, and AGG making that play for me was big time," said Gordon, a former high school baseball player who backed up Washington State quarterbacks Luke Falk and Gardner Minshew before getting his turn.

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Former UCLA running back Joshua Kelley (2) dives for extra yardage for the North team as South defensive back Reggie Robinson II of Tulsa closes in during the first half of the Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. / AP photo by Butch Dill

The game's most highly touted passer, Justin Herbert of Oregon, shined for the South and was named game MVP. The likely first-round pick was 9-of-12 for 83 yards and a touchdown, all in the first quarter, and added a 19-yard run.

"In this day and age in the NFL, you've got to be able to make some plays with your feet and be able to create a little bit," said Cincinnati Bengals coach Zac Taylor, who headed up the South squad and whose team has the first pick in April's NFL draft in Las Vegas.

Michigan's Shea Patterson delivered the game's biggest offensive play and passed for 131 yards. He opened the second quarter with a 75-yard touchdown pass on his first play. TCU running back Darius Anderson was wide open on a wheel route and sprinted down the left sideline.

Anderson had just 128 receiving yards last season, but he had 87 in this game to go with 43 rushing yards. The North's Joshua Kelley of UCLA had a game-high 105 rushing yards on 15 carries.

The game featured two-minute drives to end each quarter.

While Herbert was the game MVP, Florida running back Lamical Perine was named South player of the game and Gordon won that honor for the North. Perine, who is from Mobile and played for Theodore High School, said he had more than 40 supporters at the game.

"A lot of Perine chants and Gator chomps out there," Perine said. "That made me feel good."

Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts came into the game to a loud ovation in the state where he once starred for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The 2019 Heisman Trophy runner-up got a less kind greeting from North defenders, getting sacked twice on his first series and having his second end quickly with a wobbly interception when he was hit while throwing. Hurts finished strong with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass.

Defensive end Bradlee Anae of Utah had the back-to-back sacks of Hurts in the second quarter.

"He's got a great gift, great ability to rush the edge," Detroit Lions and North coach Matt Patricia said. "Glad to see that today."

One of the game's top-rated prospects, former South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, sat out the game with quad tendinitis, said Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy.