Football Spring Game ACCtion: Saturday, March 31

March 31, 2012

Defense Carries White Past Blue in Spring Game

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DURHAM, N.C. -- The White squad forced three turnovers and returned two interception for touchdowns to pull out a 38-24 win over the Blue team in Duke's annual Spring Football Game on Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.

"We've got the players that can make plays on both sides of the ball, and that's the key," head coach David Cutcliffe said. "We want to grow that number. We split our squad up pretty evenly. They came up with big plays intermittently in the game."

Redshirt senior safety Jordon Byas' 32-yard interception return in the first quarter put White on top 14-0, and redshirt freshman Kyler Brown sealed the victory with a 34-yard pick-six as time expired in the fourth quarter. Redshirt junior cornerback Ross Cockrell added four tackles and two pass breakups and spoiled what would have been an 85-yard touchdown run by Josh Snead when he and safety Brandon Braxton chased down the running back four yards from the goal line and punched the ball out into the endzone for a turnover.

"The defensive MVP - we gave one this year - was Ross Cockrell, and I thought he made the play of the game when he ran down Josh Snead and got that ball loose," Cutcliffe said. "That game was getting ready to change right there...huge play. And he made another touchdown-saving tackle and defended a lot of passes today."

Offensively, redshirt freshman freshman quarterback Thomas Sirk threw touchdown passes covering 15 yards and 28 yards, and redshirt junior QB Sean Schroeder fired another scoring strike to guide the White team offense. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Nick Hill caught two of those scores, while he and junior Brandon Watkins combined for 13 receptions for 124 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Eric Adams led all running backs with 107 rushing yards on 31 carries while also adding three receptions for 32 yards.

Eagles Wrap Up Jay McGillis Spring Football Game

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior running back Rolandan Finch carried the ball 27 times for 196 yards and caught four passes for 38 yards to lead Boston College's offense in a 68-58 victory over the defense in the annual Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Football game on Saturday in Alumni Stadium.

Junior quarterback Chase Rettig completed 13-of-23 passing attempts for 120 yards and one touchdown for the first-team offense while sophomore quarterback Josh Bordner connected on 8-of-18 passing attempts for 159 yards and two touchdowns for the second-team offense.

Both the offense and defense received points for various plays/achievements, including first downs (one point), explosive plays of 25 yards or more (two points), sacks (one point), pass breakups (one point) and turnovers (three points).

At halftime, senior defensive back Jim Noel was named this year's recipient of the Jay McGillis Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to a defensive back. McGillis was a starting defensive back for Boston College who passed away from leukemia in 1992. The Eagles' spring game is played in his honor each year.

Freshman wide receiver Karim Zoungrana caught four passes for a game-high 109 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Alex Amidon caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Rettig down the middle of the field and finished with two receptions for 44 yards on the day.