Red Team wins G-Day 14-10

ATHENS - The University of Georgia football team wrapped up spring practice with the annual G-Day game at Sanford Stadium Saturday, April 8. The Red team, comprised of the first-team offense and second-team defense, overcame the Black team (second-team offense, first-team defense) by a score of 14-10 before a crowd of 18,530.

"The weather was not very good today but it was a good event for Georgia football," said head coach Mark Richt. "There were highs and lows on both ends. Overall I think it was an entertaining game with great plays on both sides of the ball."

After opening the game by forcing a three-and-out and a punt by the Red offense, the Black team got on the board first with a 64-yard touchdown strike thrown by freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford. Under center for the first time in Sanford Stadium, Stafford ran play-action to Danny Ware, then threw deep down the left side to wide-open junior Mikey Henderson, who caught the ball and maintained his balance and stumbled into the endzone for the touchdown.

"I just tried to relax and have fun out there," said Stafford. "I just tried to play the game the way I know how to and tried to execute."

Following a scoreless second quarter, the Red squad evened up the game at 7-7 as redshirt sophomore cornerback Ramarcus Brown intercepted redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Cox at the Red 20-yard line and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. The White team regained its advantage just two minutes later however, as junior placekicker Andy Bailey split the uprights on a the only field goal attempt of the game, a 25-yard effort, making the score 10-7.

In the fourth quarter it was the Red defensive unit stepping up once again as freshman cornerback Asher Allen intercepted Cox about four yards deep in the endzone, tucked the ball and scampered all the way down the sideline for the 100-yard touchdown return. The Red defense held the Black offense scoreless for the remainder of the game, cinching the 14-10 victory.

"Once I made the interception it was like a 100-yard dash, and I said 'Let's Go,'" Asher said. "Playing in Sanford Stadium, I was living the dream. That's the way I always play, I try to bring a lot of intensity. I wanted to show people I have some speed, I had plenty of open field and I knew my teammates would block for me."

"I don't think today was a very good showing the for the quarterbacks compared to how we have looked this spring," said senior Joe Tereshinski, III. "I think Matthew (Stafford) had a good day. We definitely have a lot of work to do and we expect to get it done. I think I did some good things out there today but it didn't go as smoothly as I wanted it to, but overall for the spring I feel pretty confident."

Tereshinski finished the day with two completions on seven attempts and for 45 yards and two interceptions. Cox and Stafford saw action for both teams. Cox combined to complete 12 of his 21 pass attempts for 162 yards and four interceptions, while Stafford completed five passes on 12 attempts for 102 yards and the game's only offensive touchdown.

The Red team's leading tackler was redshirt freshman defensive lineman Kade Weston with eight total stops (six solo) and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards. The Red also recorded three interceptions (Brown, Allen and CJ Byrd) and returned them for a total of 185 yards and two touchdowns. The Black squad was led by Charles Johnson who posted five unassisted tackles including two sacks for a loss of seven yards. The Black also intercepted three passes as junior cornerback Paul Oliver and junior linebackers Tony Taylor and Jarvis Jackson each picked one off apiece.

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