Quarterback Daniel Imhoff and running back Travis Leggett, two walk-ons who were escalated to the second-string offensive unit thanks to the absence of Russell Wilson and the myriad of injuries in the backfield, helped lead the Red team over the White team 31-21 on Saturday afternoon. The game drew over 25,000 fans and helped raise over $21,000 for the Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund.
The Wolfpack split into two units for the game with the Red team sporting the second-team offensive unit and the first-team defensive unit. The White team featured the first-team offensive squad and the second-team defense. The Red team was headed up by running backs coach Jeff Swepson while offensive coordinator Dana Bible coached the White team. Teams played the first two 15-minute quarters with normal clock rules but played the final two quarters with a running clock.
The two offenses stole the show, combining for 847 yards of total offense including 644 yards passing. Mike Glennon finished 21-of-38 with 423 yards through the air and three touchdowns to go with two interceptions. Walk-on Daniel Imhoff finished 11-of-24 for 221 yards and three touchdowns with one pick. Jay Smith and Owen Spencer each caught two touchdown passes and Spencer led all receivers with 165 yards receiving. Travis Leggett, another walk-on, led all rushers with 129 yards on 21 carries for the Red team.
The White team got on the board first as Glennon and tight end George Byran hooked up on consecutive plays to put their team up by a touchdown. Byran first hauled in a 27-yard reception to put the White team in the red zone, then Glennon found him on the next play in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown reception.
The Red team tied the game up thanks to a trick play, starting a string of 21 unanswered points for the Red squad. Imhoff lateralled the ball to TJ Graham, who then heaved it downfield to a wide open Jay Smith for a 49-yard score to tie the game at seven. The Red team followed it up with another pass to Smith, but this time Imhoff found him for a 27-yard score. The Red team scored yet another touchdown, its third of the first quarter, when Imhoff hit Asa Watson for a 86-yard touchdown.
But the White team came back, getting it back to a one-score game when Glennon found Spencer down the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown pass. The two teams traded punts until late in the third quarter, when the White team tied it up with a 93-yard pass to Spencer. Glennon found Spencer in the middle of the field and the senior broke a tackle before breaking away down the field for the touchdown.
The Red team pulled away in the final minutes, as Imhoff got his team in position for a 48-yard field goal attempt which Josh Czajkowski made to make it a 24-21 lead for the Red team. Then, after the White team turned the ball over on downs, the Red team chose to go for broke instead of running out the clock. The strategy worked, as Imhoff found TJ Graham in the back corner of the end zone with 1:09 left to seal the win for the Red team.
The Pack will now take an extended break, without any official practices until August. The Pack opens the 2010 regular season on September 4th against Western Carolina.