Defense Dominates Shortened Spring Game, 13-3

RALEIGH, NC -- Terrell Manning returned an interception for a touchdown as the Red team won the annual Kay Yow Spring Game by a 13-3 score. The game was called in the third quarter due to weather concerns.

The Kay Yow Spring Game ended early on Saturday afternoon, as approaching thunderstorms forced the game to be called with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Red team, led by quarterback Tyler Brosius and the 1st team defense, won the game by a 13-3 score at a cloudy, windy Carter-Finley Stadium. Despite the weather, over 13,000 fans attended the game and raised over $15,000 for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and the Kay Yow Memorial Endowment.

"The defense made some plays, which is good, it shows their experience," head coach Tom O'Brien said. "I think we still have some things to work out on offense but we can solve those problems. It looks like we have a chance to be a very competitive team again next year."

Mike Glennon, who is slated to take over at starting quarterback as Russell Wilson pursues a professional baseball career, finished the game 21-of-40 for 187 yards and two interceptions. Both interceptions came on passes that were tipped at the line of scrimmage. Brosius finished 11-17 for 95 yards and one touchdown.

"[Mike Glennon] threw the ball well," O'Brien said. "There were a couple drops, he had a bounce off interception but those things happen, guys make plays. Michael is going to be fine."

James Washington led the way for the White team, rushing for 47 yards and catching six passes for 32 yards. Tyler Purvis, expected to back-up Taylor Gentry at fullback in the fall, caught the game's only touchdown for the Red team and finished with three catches for 45 yards. TJ Graham also caught three passes for 45 yards for the White squad.

Glennon's White led off the afternoon on offense, but his squad went 3-and-out. Tyler Brosius came out hot for the Red team, hitting on his first five passes including a 34-yard completion to Purvis. Despite the good start, the Red team fizzled out in White territory without points.

The two teams traded scoreless drives before the Red team got on the board. It was the Red defense, not its offense that scored the first touchdown of the day. With the White team trying to convert a 4th-and-2 inside the 40-yard line of the Red team, Glennon's pass attempt was tipped at the line by DJ Greene and picked off by Terrell Manning – who ran it back for a 53-yard touchdown return to give the Red team a 6-0 lead.

Following another three-and-out for Glennon's team, the Red team picked up the only offensive touchdown of the day. Brosius picked up a big first down on 3rd and 12 on a pass to Steven Howard, then hit Purvis for a 1-yard touchdown throw to make it a 13-0 lead for the Red team.

After another interception throw and several drives with no points, the White team finally got on the board in the second quarter. Washington picked up first downs on two runs and Glennon hit Graham for a 24-yard completion to put the White team within scoring range. But a false start and two incomplete passes stalled the drive, forcing a 33-yard field goal attempt which Ellis Flint hit to make it 13-3.

The White team would get one more chance to put points on the board in the weather-shorted third quarter. CJ Wilson picked off a pass and returned it 30 yards to give the White team good field position, then Glennon hit All-ACC tight end George Bryan for 30 yards to put the White team in field goal range. But Flint missed a 35-yard attempt to keep it a 10-point win for the Red team.

"It really doesn't matter what people take from the spring game," O'Brien said. "It's important what we as a coaching staff and as a team take from this game and learn from the mistakes we made. If the fans are happy that's good, if they're not, they'll have to come back and cheer for us when we play Liberty."

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