Football Spring Game ACCtion: Friday, April 12

Football Spring Game ACCtion: Friday, April 12

April 13, 2013

Red, White Teams Battle to 13-13 Tie

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Running backs Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and wide receiver Stefon Diggs were the standouts Friday night as the Red and White teams played to a 13-13 tie before 8,200 fans at Byrd Stadium.

The game marked the end of spring practice for the Terrapins and coach Randy Edsall.

"I couldn't be more pleased with what's taken place for the 15 days that we had in spring, culminated tonight with a good effort from everyone that was out here," Edsall said after the final whistle.

In 2012, the standouts on offense were two freshmen - Ross and Diggs - and that's how it was in the 2013 spring game.

Ross (122 yards on 19 carries) and Diggs (eight catches for 159 yards and a score) accounted for the lion's share of the White squad's offense. The most memorable play of the night came when Diggs took a short pass to the right side, juked a defender and sprinted down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown.

Football closes spring drills with annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh football team concluded spring drills Friday evening with the annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage, held this year at Bethel Park Stadium. The Panthers’ scrimmaged for nearly two hours in their 15th and final workout of the spring.

“I think we worked and got better,” second-year Pitt head coach Paul Chryst said in assessing the entire spring. “We also got a little bit more physical. Guys have a little bit better of an understanding. I think we made some strides, but we have to be productive this summer.”

Pitt will be breaking in a new quarterback for the first time in three years. Senior Tom Savage and redshirt freshman Chad Voytik took the majority of the top repetitions this spring. In limited time Friday night, Savage completed 6-of-11 passes for 80 yards, while Voytik completed 27 of 33 for 358 yards and three touchdowns. Chryst indicated in his postgame comments the plan was for Voytik to get the majority of the reps in the final scrimmage.

Junior tight end Manasseh Garner, in his first active season at Pitt after transferring from Wisconsin, concluded his productive spring by hauling in 10 passes for 100 yards. Junior wideout Kevin Weatherspoon took scrimmage-high honors with 11 receptions for 175 yards, including a 65-yard TD.