The unofficial first team defense stuffed a second-team offense, led by quarterback Bernard Jackson, early in the scrimmage. But Jackson got his when he started the offense's eighth drive of the day by handing off to tailback Hugh Charles, who ran to the flat, then threw back to Jakcson. The quarterback raced for the touchdown.
The coaching staff put the half-back pass in earlier in the day.
Jackson wasn't done. On the next play, he faked to Charles then ran a bootleg for a 25-yard score.
"Obviously the defense is always way ahead of the offense (in the spring), but we are kind of starting to get a few highlights here and there offensively," head coach Dan Hawkins said.
Early in the scrimmage, Jackson was sacked four times for –30 yards. He ended the day 2-of-5 for 14 yards (44 yards without the sacks), one interception and one touchdown. He rushed for 35 yards on two carries.
Brian White led all passers (6-of-11/62 yards).
Senior running back Mell Holliday gained 45 yards on eight carries, to lead all rushers, including a 25-yard run up the middle for a score.
Eight players caught at least one pass.
The defense forced two turnovers — an interception by sophomore cornerback Gardner McKay, and a fumble forced by senior defensive back Lorenzo Sims, Jr. and recovered by sophomore defensive end Maurice Lucas.
Mason Crosby made good on three field goals of 50 yards or more (50, 53, 57). He also led a five-some of punters, averaging 57.5 on two punts as he continues to battle for double-duties.
• R.J. Brown started the scrimmage with the first-team defense at inside linebacker alongside ILB Jordon Dizon, and OLB Brad Jones. Brown had been seeing snaps with Dizon and Jones, in place of last year's tackle leader Thaddaeus Washington, all week. Washington and Dizon ended up leading the scrimmage in stops with six a piece.
• Blake Mackey did not participate in the scrimmage.