White battles back to top Red 28-24

NORMAN, Okla. — In an interestingly scored 2013 OU Spring Game, the White team rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to knock off the Red team in front of 29,200 Saturday afternoon at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

In an interestingly scored 2013 OU Spring Game, the White team rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit to knock off the Red team 28-24 in front of 29,200 Saturday afternoon at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

"I was really pleased overall just with the overall play of everybody," said OU head coach Bob Stoops. "Most pleased no one got hurt. You know, you saw guys really on every position or either side of the ball making some good plays."

Dueling for the starting position, each of the three quarterbacks threw a touchdown pass to trigger the rally.

"I thought the quarterbacks all did a nice job," Stoops said. "You know, each of them, they don't have their full assortment of personnel out there. You know, there's some excellent players that didn't play when you look at guys like Jalen Saunders, Trey Millard for sure."

As for the comeback, first it was Blake Bell who found running back Roy Finch for a 49-yard score out of the backfield early in the fourth quarter.

Then, Trevor Knight hit wide receiver Trey Metoyer for a deep completion and capped the drive off with a 4-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Don Caudill.

Kendal Thompson found running back David Smith for the winning score, a 15-yarder, with 1:45 remaining.

No doubt, all three signal callers had their moments, but it was Bell who stole the show.

He finished with 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14-of-23 passing.

"I thought I did OK," Bell said, somewhat downplaying his day. "You know, for me I missed a couple throws."

Thompson was 11-for-17 for 151 yards and a touchdown, while Knight completed 8-of-15 for 86 and his score.

Smith led all running backs with 65 yards on 16 carries, while Metoyer managed 122 yards on six receptions.

On the other side of the ball, linebacker Aaron Franklin and defensive back Brandon Young led the way with 10 tackles.

Defensive lineman Jordan Phillips caught eyes as well with a sack and three total tackles.

So, too, did linebacker Frank Shannon, whose scoop and score made it 24-7 Red late in the third.

"It was good," said defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. "I think there were some positives you can take away from it for some of the younger players."

The Red team scored the first 17 points of the game—it led by that total at halftime—with wide receiver Lacoltan Bester's fumble recovery for a touchdown, a 41-yard Michael Hunnicutt field goal and Bell's 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Durron Neal with 6:44 to go in the first half.

Smith rushed in from two yards out in the third quarter to get the White team on the board.

The team now has one more practice session before concluding for the summer until fall camp.

OU's first game is on Aug. 31 when it hosts Louisiana Monroe.

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