The Bulls annual spring game was one for the ages. It had lots of scoring, turnovers and an exciting last second finish. Everything a football fan could want in a game played in April.
The game turned out to be a battle of the two redshirt freshmen quarterbacks who put on a show for the close to 5,000 fans in attendance . B.J. Daniels scored three times finishing with 11-of-19 for 181 yards, two touchdown passes, one rushing and one interception. His counterpart, Evan Landi also threw two touchdowns, going 20-of-30 for 189 yards, and two interceptions.
Bulls starter Grothe saw little action as expected, playing in just two first half series, going 3-4 for 26 yards. "I got Matt out after I saw him throw a block," said Leavitt. "I said that was it, and let the two freshmen play."
The fans that left early missed one of the greatest finishes one could ask for in a spring game. With just over two minutes left in the game and the White team down 21-14, quarterback Evan Landi started on his own 12 yard line and engineered a drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown to Colby Erskin in the back of the end zone as time expired in the fourth quarter. Down 21-20 with no time left, the White team went for two points and the win, but Landi's pass to Theo Wilson fell incomplete in the corner of the end zone, giving the Green team a 21-20 win.
First Half Notes:
The fireworks started early when on the second play from scrimmage quarterback B.J Daniels scrambled and threw a 55-yard strike to WR Dontavia Bogan and then two plays later the freshman QB took the ball on a bootleg, withstood a nice hit from safety Nate Allen for a 1-yard score, and a 7-0 lead.
The white team also got on the board early when Landi relieved Matt Grothe and on his first series rolled out and threw a beautiful deep pass to redshirt-freshman Daniel Bryant for a 55-yard score to tie the game at 7-7 early in the 1st.
Daniels then put together a nice drive throwing and running to move the chains before finding Jeffrey Wilson who made a nice move to find the end zone for a 20-yard score and a 14-7 lead.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Tyson Butler stepped in front of a Landi pass, picked it off and raced down to the 14 yard line, giving the green team great field position. The white defense held as both DT Keith McCaskill had a nice inside surge to force third down. On the next play Quenton Washington intercepted a Daniels' pass and raced 95-yards showing nifty moves in scoring a TD and tying the game at 14 apiece.
-Both Daniels and Landi were not wearing their yellow don't hit me jersey
-Mike Ford started for the white team, ran very hard and tough. Ford led the white team with 30 yards on 7 carries. His longest run, a 20-yarder, Grothe made a chop block for him and was pulled shortly after.
-Busbee dropped an open TD pass from Grothe.
- Walk-on Schwartz missed the first FG of the game with Landi holding
-CB vs. WR- Perkins was on Bogan the entire game
-"Play Read Cha Cha" ---- Tresey
-Q Washington made a nice pass breakup of BJ
-Landi was rocked by Kion Wilson when Landi rolled out of the pocket, leaving his feet and completed a great pass to Ed Alcin.
-Joel Miller is one tough son of a gun
-When BJ runs, he works magic, but still needs to control the ball better, and work on ball security. He had two fumbles on the night, and sometimes tries to do too much. On his INT Showed his inexperience staring down Bogan before Q jumped right on it.
-Quenton made two players miss, including B.J. when he took it to the house,
2nd Half Notes
-Bogan is Daniels favorite target and the two showed great chemistry. In the third quarter threw a deep pass to Bogan, but Cameron Perkins made a great play to break up the pass.
-With under 2-minutes left in the third B.J. showed his elusiveness, breaking a sure tackle and hitting Bogan for a TD that was called back for a penalty. Two plays later Daniels pass to Bogan was almost intercepted by Chris Lane, who tipped the ball that Bogan reeled in for a 46-yard score at the end of the third quarter.
-Bogan finished the game with three catches for 105 yards to lead the green team.
-Ed Alcin led all receivers with eight receptions and 74 yards.
The Green Team was led in rushing by Moise Plancher (40 yards) and Joel Miller (43 yards)
-Carlton Mitchell was quiet most of the game until the final 85 yard drive by Landi where he caught a huge pass and got rocked by number Jerrell young and held on to the ball.
-Landi & Ford started for White
-Daniels & Miller started for Green
-Daniels when given the time can really whip the ball w/ accuracy & strength. He never goes down on the first hit
-ALL 3 of the QB's are very elusive
-Aaron Harris had four tackles for loss and three sacks.
-Nate Allen led all players with eight tackles
-Mike Lanaris and David Bedford, each had seven tackles
-Chris Robinson had an INT, 3-tackles, and a pass break-up
-George Selvie is always on the sidelines coaching
-Jerome Murphy can really hit, and put a huge hit on Murray
-Anthony hill had 5 tackles & a pass deflection on the last drive
-John Lejiste had a tackle and a fumble recovery
-Terrell McClain had 3 tackles and a tackle for a loss
-Quenton Washington had an INT for a score, 2 tackles, and 2 pass break-ups
-Tons of recruits here w/ their friends and family
-Jessie Hester was in a huge cast said he had surgery and had pins put in to stabilize his foot, will be out 4-6 weeks.
-Players that came out for the coin toss: 3, 49, 56, 42, 98, 25, 5, 8, 82, 9, 34, 95, 35
-Fumbles: three, two by Daniels, one lost
-Interceptions three, two by Landi, one by B.J.
-Penalties: twelveOffensive Stats PDF | Defensive Stats PDF
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