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April 13, 2013
CLEMSON, SC - Cole Stoudt set a Clemson spring game record with 304 yards passing and threw four touchdown passes, but his White team lost to the Orange team 34-26 at the annual Clemson Spring Football game on Saturday. The contest was the 15th and final practice for Dabo Swinney's Clemson Football team.
A spring game record crowd of 30,000 attended the game at Memorial Stadium, the last time Clemson fans will see the Tigers play in that legendary facility until Dabo Swinney's team opens the 2013 season with an epic clash against a top 10 Georgia team. It will be the first time the two schools have met on the gridiron since 2003.
The Spring game was marred by some injuries in the first half. Freshman quarterback Chad Kelly, who was competing with Stoudt for the backup spot behind Tajh Boyd, suffered a knee injury that could be serious. Swinney indicated to the media after the game that it was probably a torn ACL. Tight end Sam Cooper and tackle Kalon Davis also suffered knee injuries, but they are not believed to be as serious. All three injuries took place in the first 20 plays of the game.
Boyd, a returning first-team All-American who has set school records for passing yardage in a season and touchdown passes in a career, did not play as Swinney wanted to see his younger quarterbacks in stadium game action.
DURHAM, N.C. - Anthony Boone and Jamison Crowder hooked up for two touchdown passes to lead the Blue team to a 27-12 win over the White team in the annual Duke football spring game at a sun-splashed Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Boone, a rising redshirt junior, completed 18-of-30 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His scoring passes to Crowder covered 22 and four yards, as the All-ACC wideout finished with four catches for a team-high 71 yards.
"I was pleased with the number of snaps that we got - it was about right," head coach David Cutcliffe said. "What we did in the game was, obviously, put our top offense against our top defense, and our backups played each other. Everybody on our team got to play, which is a real positive. From a spring training standpoint as a coach, this has been the most willing squad - not just here at Duke - that we've had go to work every day, so I felt like every player on our team deserved to get some fairly significant playing time."
The Blue team compiled 409 yards of total offense, including 136 on the ground. Running back Josh Snead rushed for 67 yards on 11 carries, including a three-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Shaquille Powell rushed for 46 yards on five carries, including a 30-yarder that set up one of Ross Martin's two field goals.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Until Saturday, Florida State's quarterback battle had taken place exclusively behind closed intramural-field and stadium gates. So needless to say, all eyes were on Clint Trickett, Jameis Winston, Jacob Coker and Sean Maguire Saturday at FSU's annual spring game.
And in a 40-24 come-from-behind Gold victory over Garnet, FSU's quartet of quarterbacks had more than a few opportunities to turn some heads -- 86 to be exact.
With only one healthy scholarship running back available for the game (senior fullback Chad Abram), the Seminoles' four scholarship signal callers combined to throw 86 passes while only 33 running plays were called.
"It was something," Abram said afterwards. "We threw it a lot. We had to."
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Behind Stephen Morris' game-high 256 yards and four first-half touchdowns, the Orange team prevailed 35-20 over the White team Saturday during the Miami Hurricanes annual Spring Game.
Miami's quarterbacks combined for 429 yards and five touchdown passes. Ryan Williams threw for 123 yards and a score on 10-of-25 passing, while Gray Crow was 2-of-8 for 50 yards.
Reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Duke Johnson led all rushers with 120 yards on 10 carries. Redshirt freshman Jontavious Carter led all receivers with 113 yards and five catches. Rashawn Scott continued his impressive spring with five receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Denzel Perryman picked off two passes and added two tackles. Ladarius Gunter and Tracy Howard each recorded five tackles, while Luther Robinson tallied a team-best two sacks.
Chapel Hill, N.C. - Veteran quarterback Bryn Renner and true freshman tailback Khris Francis highlighted the 2013 North Carolina Spring Football Game Saturday in a contest won by the Blue team 34-10 over the White.
Renner led the Blue team, completing 16 of 27 attempts for 216 yards and three touchdowns. It was another solid performance for Renner who helped Carolina set more than 20 offensive records as a junior last season. Renner has set the single-season touchdown passing record in each of the last two years. He enters his senior season as one of the most prolific passers in UNC history.
Saturday, he connected with A.J. Blue on a 33-yard screen pass and later found Sean Tapley on a 48-yard crossing route as the Blue team surged to a 21-3 lead.
Meanwhile, Francis rushed 20 times for 101 yards to lead the White. A native of Durham, N.C., Francis enrolled in January along with four other scholarship freshmen and is experiencing his first spring practice in Chapel Hill. Mitch Trubisky, who also enrolled in January, took the majority of the snaps for the White. He completed 7 of 14 for 88 yards. He also played for the Blue team in relief of Renner and completed 3 of 4 attempts for 82 yards and hit Damien Washington for a 20-yard touchdown.