Defense dominates Kay Yow Spring Game

RALEIGH, NC - The Kay Yow Spring Football game drew 21,075 fans on Saturday afternoon to watch the White team win 10-7 over the Red team. The event raised over $28,000 for charity.

Fans who packed Carter-Finley stadium on Saturday afternoon might have been expected a dual between First-Team All-ACC quarterback Russell Wilson and highly-touted freshman Mike Glennon.

Instead they got a defense struggle, as the White team hung on to a 10-7 win over the Red team thanks to a blocked field goal in the final seconds of the contest. The two defenses combined for 12 sacks as the quarterbacks were ruled down on touch to avoid any injuries.

Despite the score both quarterbacks played well and neither offense committed a turnover. Wilson, who only played in the first half so he could participate in Saturday night's baseball game, finished 10-of-14 for 195 yards and a touchdown. Glennon, who started the game with the White team but switched teams at half, finished 23-for-38 for 272 yards and a touchdown. James Washington led all rushers with 26 yards on nine carries while Jarvis Williams led the receiving core with five catches for 93 yards.

The event drew a 21,075 people, packing an entire side of the stadium and spilling over into the south endzone stands. The game also raised over $28,000 for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and the Kay Yow Memorial Endowment. Head coach Tom O'Brien was pleased with the turnout and money raised but said he hopes to build on those numbers next year, calling this year's event a good 'goal'.

Neither team got much going offensively at the outset, with Wilson leading the Red team inside the opposition's 40-yard line before punting on the opening drive of the game. From there the two teams traded four straight three-and-outs as the neither offense seemed to be able to find a rhythm.

Glennon and the White team struck first thanks to a little misdirection, as James Washingon and Glennon executed a perfect flea-flicker. The Red defense was taken off guard just enough to allow Steven Howard to get free down the right sideline and Glennon found him for a 40-yard gain to put the White team on the doorstep of the endzone. Glennon hooked up with Howard again two plays later, putting his team up 7-0 late in the first quarter.

The White team would score again on its next possession, with Glennon using a flurry of passes over the middle to march his squad down the field. He hit red-shirt freshman Mario Carter twice as the White team got all the way to the 1-yard line before stalling. Glennon stumbled on third-and-goal and White had to settle for a 21-yard field goal from Josh Czajkowski.

But Wilson and the Red team answered immediately, as the incumbent starter took just one play to make it a 10-7 game. Wilson dropped back and hit a streaking Owen Spencer down the left hash mark, hitting the wide-out in stride to bring the Red team within three points with a 65-yard touchdown pass. Wilson had one more drive before leaving to play baseball, getting his team in scoring position with a 38-yard strike to Evan Dooley. But Czajkowski missed a 44-yard field goal left that would have tied the score.

The White team's final drive of the half was the longest drive of the game but ultimately led to no points. Glennon went 6-for-9 on the drive and hit Carter three times, getting his team to the Red 28-yard line. But with 16 seconds left in the half and no timeouts the Red team tried to run one more play, only to have Glennon sacked and time expire before they could get the field goal unit on the field.

Daniel Imhoff took over for the White team at the start of the second half, with Glennon shifting to the Red team. Defense dominated the final 24 minutes, which were played with a running clock, as neither team threatened to score until the final seconds. Glennon drove the ball from his own 1-yard line into scoring position with under 10 seconds left in the game, but Czajkowski's field goal attempt was blocked by Nate Irving to end the game and give White a 10-7 win.

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