April 28, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Running back Morgan Green rushed for 92 yards, Chris Turner completed 11 of 15 passes and wide receiver LaQuan Williams hauled in a touchdown pass to carry the White team to a 27-10 victory over the Red team Saturday afternoon in Maryland's annual Red-White Spring Game in Chevy Chase Bank Field at Byrd Stadium Saturday.
Saturday's game, which was the conclusion to Maryland Day, marked the 15th and final workout of a productive spring season for the Terps.
"I think we played as well as we have been playing," head coach Ralph Friedgen said. "Obviously when you get in here in front of a crowd, it always makes a difference and you get to learn a little bit more about your players. I always enjoy the spring game, and I thought we had a good crowd today."
The White team scored 20 unanswered points, including 17 in the second quarter, to turn a 3-0 deficit into a commanding 20-3 lead midway through the third quarter.
Sophomore wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey closed the gap to 20-10 in the third quarter on a 68-yard touchdown reception from Josh Portis, but Jordan Steffy capitalized on an Erin Henderson fourth-quarter interception with a 32-yard TD pass to Williams, icing the game.
Steffy, playing primarily with the Red team, was 6 of 11 for 48 yards with three interceptions, one of which tipped off a receiver's hands and the another a heave at the end of the first half. He tossed just one pass for the White team, but it went for a touchdown.
Portis, who also played for the both teams, was 3 of 9 for 104 yards and one touchdown for the Red squad. He was 2-for-3 for no yards with the White team.
Sheahin was 4-for-5 in the game and led the White team on a 10-play, 57-yard drive which ended with Pha'Terrell Washington scoring on a 2-yard run with 1:29 to go before halftime.
The White team didn't stop there.
Portis was sacked by defensive lineman Dre Moore on a fourth-and-three play and the White team took possession deep in Red territory with 26 seconds left in the half.
Robinson made the Red team pay for that mistake on the next play. He hit wide receiver Matt Goldberg on a 35-yard TD pass and the White team went into the locker room with a commanding 17-3 lead.
Green led the White team to its first score. He rushed for 37 yards on the team's 10-yard, 42-yard drive which was capped by a Travis Baltz 35-yard field goal, evening the score at 3-all with 9:36 left in the second quarter.
Henderson had a team-high nine tackles for White defense which allowed just 43 rushing yards (on 22 carries).
Green's 92 yards on the ground helped the White team hold nearly a 10-minute time of possession advantage.
Senior running back Lance Ball had 36 rushing yards on 14 carries for the Red team. Heyward-Bey had just two receptions, but they went for a game-high 97 receiving yards.
Williams posted a game-high five receptions for 77 yards.
The kicking game, a concern heading into the spring, was solid on both sides. Baltz and Obi Egekeze combined to hit 3 of 4 field goals.
Baltz, battling for the punter and place-kicker jobs, hit both his tries and Egekeze made a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter, which gave the Red team its only lead at 3-0. Egekeze missed a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Baltz and Chris Roberts each averaged over 40 yards per punt. Baltz averaged 41.8 yards on four punts and placed two inside the 20-yard line. Roberts punted five times with a 46.2 yard average, including a long of 57 yards.
Terp Notes: LB Dave Philistin led the Red team with 11 tackles ... LB Alex Wujciak, who was the top tackler in each of the three spring scrimmages, had 10 stops and one interception for the Red squad ... DL Olugbemi Otulaja had a game-high three sacks for the Red team ... Anthony Wiseman and Christian Varner joined Henderson with interceptions for the White team ... LB Rick Costa, RBs Keon Lattimore and Da'Rel Scott, DB Isaiah Gardner, WR Isaiah Williams, DL Jeremy Navarre, DB Richard Taylor, and WR Kevin Gresham all missed the game with various ailments ... Saturday's announced crowd was 9,300 ... the game will be broadcast in a tape-delay format from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday on Comcast Sports Net. The regional sports network will air the game again from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.