Spring Football ACCtion: Saturday, April 14
April 14, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest White squad scored 14 unanswered points to come-from-behind and defeat the Black team by a score of 21-10 in the annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 14 at BB&T Field.
Black jumped out to a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter when kicker Jimmy Newman converted a 40-yard field goal attempt, but Josh Harris scored the first of his two rushing scores with 6:08 remaining in the second quarter to put White on top.
Tanner Price led Black back out in front, just before the half, 10-7, with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Garside.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Orange team defeated the Blue squad 20-17 in the Virginia football team's annual spring football game at Scott Stadium. The teams played four eight-minute quarters in a standard game format that included special teams play. The Orange team featured the majority of the Cavaliers' returning starters on offense while the Blue team included the returning starters on defense.
The Orange team got on the scoreboard first with a one-yard touchdown rush by tailback Perry Jones. Jones' rush was set up by a 47-yard pass completion from quarterback Michael Rocco to tight end Jake McGee.
The Blue team scored on its first offensive series as well, as quarterback David Watford's 16-yard completion to tailback Clifton Richardson and a 16-yard rush by tailback Khalek Shepherd helped set up a 20-yard field goal by Drew Jarrett.
CLEMSON, S.C. - Until Saturday's Orange and White game, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney had never seen a double overtime spring game, much less coached in one. But at Death Valley Saturday, he might have become the first head football coach to decide to play one.
Chandler Catanzaro, who made a last second field goal against Wake Forest in Clemson's final home game at Memorial Stadium last fall, made a 45-yard field goal in the second overtime to lift the Orange team to a 23-20 victory.
So Swinney decided to let his placekickers break the tie. In the first overtime, he had Catanzaro and freshman kicker Ammon Lakip, the White team kicker, attempt field goals of 50 yards, which both missed wide left. In the second overtime, Catanzaro made his attempt from 45 yards, while Lakip pushed his wide left again, ending the game.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The all-garnet team was all good Saturday in Florida State's spring game.
Dressed in garnet jerseys and garnet pants and playing against the Gold Team in all white, FSU's Garnet squad capped off spring practices with a 35-20 victory in front of 40,631 fans at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Clint Trickett led the way for the winning team with two touchdown passes while walk-on wide receiver Rashad Gholston had two scoring receptions. Trickett finished the game with 173 yards on 12-of-23 passing.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's offense showed off its new look Saturday in its first spring game under Larry Fedora, complete with impressive performances from quarterback Bryn Renner and tailback Romar Morris.
Morris, a redshirt freshman, scored three touchdowns in the first half of the intrasquad scrimmage to provide the biggest highlight. Renner, meanwhile, looked comfortable running the no-huddle scheme that Fedora brought with him from Southern Mississippi and finished with 295 yards on 23-for-28 passing with two scores.
Beyond the statistics, it was the final chance for Fedora and his staff to see how much the players have processed in their 15 spring practices and where they'll pick up for preseason camp this summer.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The BankUnited CanesFest and Spring Game was a success as the Orange Team battled the Green Team in a two-hour intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.
The Orange Team took home the win as RB Mike James scored the game's only touchdown with just over four minutes left in the game and K Mike Goudis hit the PAT to give Orange the 7-6 victory. The Green Team connected on a pair of field goals by Jake Wieclaw in the second (35 yards) and fourth (29 yards) quarters.
As in the first two scrimmages, the Miami defense was clutch in the game. Overall, the Orange defense recorded a pair of sacks (Tyrone Cornileus and Olsen Pierre) and two interceptions (Brandon McGee and Vaughn Telemaque). The Green squad also notched a pair of interceptions (Ray Ray Armstrong and Thomas Finnie).