For the first time in three years, LSU concluded spring drills with a more traditional spring game as Les Miles directed his Tigers through Saturday's game.
"I liked the day and I liked the format," Miles said following the game. "We had a great crowd and a lot of enthusiasm for the game. I think we got a lot accomplished. We got 50 snaps for one team and just under 50 for the other so we got out of the day what we needed.
Matt Flynn completed 11 of 22 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown in leading the Purple team to a six-point victory over the White. Early Doucet was the recipient of that touchdown pass as he logged nine catches for 115 yards.
"The spring ended in a positive way," Miles said. "We had a number of guys make big plays. I think it gives the coaching staff a great piece to evaluate going into the summer. Overall, spring was a good for us and I feel like it ended the way it should have."
While many kept a keen eye on quarterbacks Flynn and Perrilloux, it was redshirt freshman tailback Richard Murphy that stole the show.
Murphy ran 11 times for 85 yards and accounted for the Purple team's only rushing touchdown, a 18-yard gallop in the second quarter.
The Purple opened the scoring by driving 50 yards on six plays and took a 3-0 lead with 10:02 left in the first quarter on a 42-yard, Colt David field goal.
But the White was the first to find the end zone. Capping off a 10-play, 70-yard drive. Alley Broussard bullied his way across the goal line for a 7-3 White advantage with 6:05 left to play in the opening stanza.
Glenn Dorsey signed autographs for some of the fans Saturday. (MDeville)
The Purple grabbed the lead for good when Murphy put an exclamation on an impressive 91-yard drive, which covered 10 plays for a 10-7 advantage at the 13:27 mark of the second period.
Flynn gave the Purple team some breathing room when he hit Doucet on an 8-yard scoring strike with 10:49 left in the first half pushing the lead to 17-7.
David closed out the scoring for the Purple team with a 37-yard field goal with 5:16 left to play in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Perrilloux made the score a bit more respectable when he found Brandon LaFell on a 23-yard touchdown pass with just 38 seconds remaining in the game.
Perrilloux complete just 8 of 23 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. But a costly interception in the second period set up Flynn's touchdown pass to Doucet, which all but put the game away early on.
Keiland Williams complimented Murphy's impressive performance with 46 yards on just eight carries. Broussard led all rushers for the White team with 32 yards on eight carries. Charles Scott accounted for 21 yards on seven carries.
Defensively, Darry Beckwith led the White team with seven tackles, including six solo stops. Tremaine Johnson had a pair of sacks to highlight the White team's defensive effort. In all, the White sacked Flynn five times.
Harry Coleman paced the Purple team's defensive charge with six and a half tackles, including two tackles for loss. Kelvin Sheppard had five stops, including four solo tackles. Al Woods and Tyson Jackson each had sacks for the Purple.
2007 LSU Football – Spring Awards
Alvin Roy Fourth Quarter Award
(Outstanding performance in LSU's offseason program)
LB Luke Sanders
DB Danny McCray
WR Early Doucet
RB Keiland Williams
RB Charles Scott
Eric Andolsek Leadership Award
(Outstanding leadership in Spring Drills – Offense)
RB Jacob Hester
Mike Miley Leadership Award
(Outstanding leadership in Spring Drills – Defense)
LB Darry Beckwith
S Craig Steltz
Toby Caston Performance Award
(Outstanding performance in Spring Drills – Defense)
DE Tyson Jackson
Ralph Norwood Performance Award
(Outstanding performance in Spring Drills – Offense)
QB Matt Flynn
Most Improved Award
(Players who have made the most improvement during spring drills)
OG Lyle Hitt
Jimmy Taylor Award
(The comprehensive spring award for outstanding leadership, effort and performance)
WR Early Doucet
CB Chevis Jackson