Georgia Tech, Louisville Hold Friday Night Spring Games

 

Allen Leads White to 21-0 Win in Rainy Georgia Tech Spring Game

THE FLATS -- Behind a game-high 77 yards from junior B-Back Marcus Allen, the White team shut out the Gold squad 21-0 in front of a rain-soaked crowd of 4,000 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Friday night's Spring Game capped off Georgia Tech's spring practice.

Quarterback Justin Thomas saw action in just three series under center for White, completing his only pass for 21 yards. Thomas added seven yards on four rushes. A-Back Dennis Andrews added 37 yards on three rushes, including a 23-yard touchdown run. Isiah Willis also rushed for 27 yards on three carries.

Allen added a 1-yard rushing touchdown for White, while Micheal Summers caught an 11-yard pass from Tim Byerly for White's third and final score.

"You know, it was a typical spring game -- at least we got it in and the weather cooperated," head coach Paul Johnson said. "Nobody got hurt that I know of -- or at least seriously -- which is what you hope for.

White jumped out to a 7-0 lead on Allen's run, capping off a 12-play, 82-yard drive. They would tack on two more scores in the second quarter to take a 21-0 lead into the five-minute halftime period.

A continuous clock was used in the second half. Gold held the White team out of the end zone, while also forcing one turnover. White evened the turnover battle with a Shaun Kagawa interception.

For the White team, B-Back Brady Swilling led with 20 yards on seven rushes; quarterback Matthew Jordan added 19 yards on the ground.

Defensively, 2014 Freshman All-American KeShun Freeman had six tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss. Demond Smith also added six stops for the Gold team. Jabari Hunt-Days tallied two tackles for loss, while Francis Kallon recorded five tackles and two sacks.

 

 

Bonnafon, Radcliff forming 1-2 punch for Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Reggie Bonnafon made a strong case to be Louisville's starting quarterback.

Brandon Radcliff bolstered his credentials as the Cardinals' featured running back with hard-charging runs that came early and often.

That gives the Cardinals the potential for a 1-2 offensive punch as the skill players combined for five touchdowns and 351 yards and the Red squad scored on five of six first-half possessions against the White squad of reserves.

Bonnafon completed 15 of 19 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown, and rushed 10 times for 37 yards and 1-yard score. The Louisville native did all of his damage before the break as the Red squad rolled to a 38-0 lead. His favorite target was junior wideout James Quick, who caught seven passes for 127 yards.

Radcliff added seven rushes for 57 yards and three TDs, an impressive follow-up to last season in which he led the Cardinals with 737 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing. He also caught an 18-yard pass as the Red outgained the White 596-100 in a 59-0 victory.

Bonnafon challenged Will Gardner for the starting job as a freshman and eventually gained the job when Gardner sustained a season-ending torn left anterior cruciate ligament injury in November.

His own knee injury in the regular season finale against Kentucky opened the door for Kyle Bolin to start and throw for 300 yards in the Cardinals' 37-14 Belk Bowl loss to Georgia. That caused coach Bobby Petrino to keep an open mind this spring as he evaluated those two and junior Tyler Ferguson, a Penn State transfer.

The starter's job appears to be Bonnafon's to lose after another display of his dual skills as a passer and runner. His only mistake was throwing a second-quarter to Terrence Ross, who made a great play on the quick out pass.