UPDATE: After the Patriots closed to within 10 points with less than 6 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, James White ran the 2-point conversion into the end zone to get the Pats to within 28-20 of the Atlanta Falcons.
No one expected the New England Patriots to need nearly three quarters to get into the end zone against the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl Sunday night, but that’s exactly what happened.
And New England fans can thank former Wisconsin running back James White for finally getting his team on the board, and providing a potential second half spark, with this 5-yard touchdown reception:
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) February 6, 2017
White has carried the ball just twice in the big game so far, but former Michigan QB Tom Brady has gone to White more than any other receiver in the passing game through the first three quarters. He currently has 9 receptions, and is closing in on Shane Vereen’s record of 11 receptions in a Super Bowl by a running back — which he set with the Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX.
White played four years for the Badgers, from 2010-13, where he ran for 4,015 total yards (6.2 yards per carry) and 45 touchdowns. Like Sunday’s game, he was useful out of the backfield in college as well, catching 73 passes for 670 yards (9.2-yard average) and 3 scores.
White is the second former Big Ten running back to score in Super Bowl VI, with former Indiana Hoosier Tevin Coleman finding the end zone for the Falcons earlier in the third quarter.