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Red Rallies to Down White
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41,400 see spring finale
Paul Thompson fired a nine-yard touchdown pass to Travis Wilson and Darrien Williams returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown to rally the Red for a 14-10 victory in Oklahoma's annual Red/White Spring
Football Game. A record spring game crowd of 41,400 witnessed the action.
"Defensively, they're at an advantage," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "Wednesday our offense moved the ball up and down the field, but that happens. We get to see our offense every single day. They're used to seeing our plays. And we didn't do everything. That's the other part that's hard to judge."
After a scoreless first half, Lendy Holmes put the White on the scoreboard with a 100-yard kickoff to open the third quarter. Garrett
Hartley then booted a 42-yard field goal to up that count to 10-0 with 3:29 left in the frame.
Williams' interception of Rhett Bomar came with just 25 seconds left in the third. He picked off an out route and ran untouched for the score. Hartley booted the extra point.
The game-winner came with 6:33 left in the game when Thompson found Wilson from nine yards out. Hartley again tacked on the point. The key play in the six-play, 55-yard drive was a 38-yard completion from Thompson to Quentin Chaney.
Thompson finished the day hitting 13-of-24 passes for 131 with two interceptions. Bomar was 9-of-19 for 71 yards with two interceptions
and Tommy Grady hit on 5-of-15 for 33 yards with no interceptions.
"They're still learning," said Stoops of the quarterbacks. "They're all capable. Today was probably an average day for them overall, but I've seen a lot of good things out of them this spring. They just need to keep progressing."
LB Rufus Alexander and CB Chijioke Onyenegecha led the defense with eight tackles each. Alexander also recovered a fumble. In addition to Williams' interception, others went to Tony Cade, Ryan Mcgrath and Zach Latimer. Defensive ends John Williams, Alonzo Dotson and C.J. Ah You each had two sacks.
RB Adrian Peterson and CB Marcus Walker did not participate in the spring drills after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery.
The squad was not divided into two teams as it has been in the past for the spring game, but the first team offense was designated the Red team. A new quarterback was rotated in for each series. The quarterbacks were
not allowed to carry the ball and were blown down anytime they were touched by a defender.
The Red/White game represented the final session of OU's 15-day spring workouts.
11:47 - Lendy Holmes 100-yard kickoff return (Hartley kick). White 7, Red 0
3:29 - Garrett Hartley 42-yard field goal 4 plays, 4 yards, 2:01. White 10, Red 0
:25 - Darrien Williams 35-yard interception return (Hartley kick). White 10, Red 7
6:33 - Travis Wilson 9-yard pass from Paul Thompson (Hartley kick) , 6-55 5:10. Red 14, White 10.
Thompson: 13-24-131, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Bomar: 9-19-72, 2 INTs
Wilson: 5-32, TD (9)
Alexander: 8 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery
Onyenegecha: 8 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 PBU
Bassey: 7 tackles, 1 for loss
Latimer: 6 tackles, 1 INT (no return)
Bennett: 6 tackles
Ingram: 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU
McGrath: 4 tackles, 1 INT (20 yards)
Wolfe: 4 tackles
Jordan: 4 tackles
Birdine: 3 tackles
D. Williams: 3 tackles, 1 INT (35-yard TD)
Baker: 3 tackles
Dotson: 3 tackles, 2 sacks
J. Williams: 3 tackles, 2 sacks
I. Pleasant: 2 tackles
Cade: 2 tackles, 1 INT (no return)
Davis: 2 tackles, FR
Carter: 2 tackles
Luna: 2 tackles
D. Pleasant: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PBU
Ayodele: 2 tackles, 1 sack
Dvoracek: 2 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 sack
Coleman: 2 tackles, 1 sack
Ah You: 2 tackles, 2 sacks
Hardison: 1 tackle, 2 PBU
Bowers: 1 tackle
Poteat: 1 tackle, 1 PBU
Harris: 1 tackle
Hartley: 1 tackle
K. Peterson: 1 tackle
Thibodeaux: 1 tackle
Pendleton: 1 tackle, 1 sack
Hartley: 1-1, 42 yd.
Freeby: 15-573, 38.2 avg.