With a couple hundred fans already in their seats on the south side of Boone Pickens Stadium the kickers, punters and deep snappers take the field.
Those people who have not seen the north side stadium renovations since last football season are in for quite a surprise when they arrive Saturday. Construction is ahead of schedule and it is evident that the suites and club seats will be ready when the Cowboys open the season Sept. 2 against Missouri State.
The quarterbacks - Bobby Reid (No. 14), Zac Robinson (No.11), Al Pena (No. 5), Alex Cate (No. 1) and Mike Friess (No. 7) - in their green jerseys take the field for their pregame warmups.
Five players are not suited out as the entire team takes the field - running back Julius Crosslin, linebacker Kevin White, offensive lineman Chris Simon, wide receiver Jon Morris and defensive back Clint Coe.
The White team, made up mostly of the second-team offense and defense, takes a 14-0 lead - and the game hasn't even started yet. That's because Mike Gundy has given the White squad a 14-0 lead when the game starts.
A number of recruits are attending the Orange-White game, including massive defensive tackle Simi Fili from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fili is definitely the 6-foot-4, 315 pounds that he is listed as. Fili was a teammate of Cowboy quarterback Alex Cate last season at Cottonwood High School.
Jason Ricks kicks off for the White team to open the game. The Orange's Jacob Lacey mishandled the kick and is forced to take a touchback, giving the Orange the ball on the 20-yard line. Bobby Reid leads the Orange onto the field.
The Orange pulls within 14-7 when Bobby Reid rolls to his right and finds wide receiver wide open for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the end zone. Bruce Redden's extra-point kick was good. The big play on the five-play, 73-yard drive was Reid's 48-yard pass and catch to Adarius Bowman. Bowman caught the ball on a slant pattern and broke about 3-4 tackles to get about 20 yards after the catch to give the Orange a first down on the White team's 14-yard line.
Grant Jones, playing safety for the White team, intercepts a Bobby Reid pass and returns it about 15 yards to set up Al Pena and the offense at midfield. Reid is now 5 for 9 for 73 yards with one interception.
White 14, Orange 7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Orange ties the score 14-14 when cornerback Jacob Lacey steps in front of a pass from Zac Robinson and returns it 53 yards for a touchdown. Redden's PAT ties the score 14-14 with 14:00 left in the second quarter.
Zac Robinson comes back and directs a 8-play, 60-yard drive which culminiates in Jason Ricks kicking a 27-yard field goal as the White team regains the lead, 17-14.
Bobby Reid throws his second touchdown pass of the game - to a wide open Anthony Parks for 64 yards - as the Orange takes its first lead of the game, 21-17. Reid scrambled to his right and found Parks wide open behind cornerback Cortney Billingsley and safety Grant Jones for the touchdown.
Orange defensive tackle Ryan McBean makes back-to-back plays setting up the offense inside the 15-yard line. McBean sacked Al Pena for an 11-yard loss and then on the very next play caused Pena to fumble, which Darnell Smith returned 14 yards to the 11-yard line. The offense, with freshman Alex Cate at quarterback, could not punch it in and had to settle for a 26-yard field goal by Redden to make the score 24-17 in favor of the Orange.
The Cowboy secondary scores its second touchdown of the game when cornerback Martel Van Zant picks off an Al Pena pass and returns it 48 yards for a touchdown with just 1:04 remaining in the first half. Orange 31, White 17.
Halftime with the Orange leading 31-17. Unofficial stats have Bobby Reid completing 9 of 14 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Hamilton has rushed for 27 yards on nine carries. For the White, Calvin Roberts has rushed for 52 yards on 10 carries. Zac Robinson has 41 yards on five carries. Robinson is 5 of 9 for 9 yards with one interception, and Pena is 2 of 6 passing for 8 yards with one interception.
More than 250 former Cowboy football players and coaches were recognized at halftime during the Legends of the Gridiron weekend. Among those appearing was 1988 Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders. Walk-on running back Chris Offor, who suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter and did not play again, had his photo taken with Sanders at halftime.
Head coach Mike Gundy decided to give the White team 24 points at halftime... making the score White 41, Orange 31. The Orange had a chance to trim the lead but on third-and-goal from the 2-yard line Bobby Reid was intercepted by Grant Jones - for the second time in the game. Reid could have run the ball into the end zone but elected to attempt to toss it over the head of Jones to an open receiver.
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