Spring Game Review

Stanford fans across the nation missed what the locals saw Saturday at Stanford Stadium for the Cardinal & White Game that concluded the 2004 spring. 99 plays gave us one final look at the offense, defense and special teams in this pivotal spring. For the only play-by-play and detailed stats you can get on this pinnacle spring scrimmage, from the quarterback passing all the way down to the punting, read on!

As with the other scrimmages, there is no effort to try and distinguish between 2nd and 3rd team units.  The roster simply does not go deep enough on either side of the ball to play a full three-deep.  The offense was designated the "Cardinal" team, while the defense was the "white" team.  As expected, the offense scored all the points, which led to a meaningless final score of 35-0.  If you wanted to break down the score as a "1st team versus 2nd team" battle, which has some meaning, then the scoreboard read 28-7 at the final gun.  Kickoffs were not executed except for the start of each half.  Punts were made on most 4th downs, but with no rush and no protection/return unit - just a skeleton of snapper, punter and return man (who attempted no return).

Start of the first quarter

2nd team kickoff to 1st team return: Derek Belch kick to 10-yardline, fielded by David Marrero and returned to own 32-yardline (Oshiomogho Atogwe "tackle")

2nd team O vs 1st team D
(Ryan Eklund at quarterback)

1st & 10 @ own 35-yardline: Quarterback sack by Julian Jenkins for one-yard loss (Eklund forced out of pocket and scrambled)
2nd & 11 @ 34-yardline: Jason Evans run for loss of two yards (tackle by Will Svitek and Jared Newberry)
3rd & 13 @ 32-yardline: Pass complete to Patrick Danahy for three yards (tackle by Brandon Harrison - absolutely popped him with a decleater)
4th & 10 @ 35-yardline: 43-yard punt by Jay Ottovegio (Brent Newhouse snap) to Stanley Wilson (dropped)

1st team O vs 2nd team D
(Trent Edwards at quarterback)

1st & 10 @ own 35-yardline: Pass complete to Kenneth Tolon for one yard (tackle by Bryan Bentrott)
2nd & 9 @ 36-yardline: Pass complete to Alex Smith for five yards (tackle by Bentrott and Michael Okwo)
3rd & 4 @ 41-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Justin McCullum at the first down marker
4th & 4 @ 41-yardline: 34-yard punt by Ottovegio (Newhouse) to Marrero (caught)

2nd team O vs 1st team D
(T.C. Ostrander at quarterback)

1st & 10 @ own 25-yardline: Pass interference penalty on Leigh Torrence for five yards (defending pass attempt to Matt Buchanan)
1st & 10 @ 30-yardline: False start penalty on the offensive line for five yards
1st & 15 @ 25-yardline: Evans run for six yards (tackle by Jared Newberry and David Bergeron)
2nd & 9 @ 31-yardline: Evans run for loss of three yards (quick solo tackle by Casey Carroll)
3rd & 12 @ 28-yardline: Pass complete to Danahy for one yard (tackle by Harrison)
4th & 11 @ 29-yardline: 36-yard punt by Ottovegio (Newhouse) to Mark Bradford (bounced)

1st team O vs 2nd team D
(Edwards)

1st & 10 @ own 18-yardline: Pass complete to Bradford for 38 yards off play-action (tackle by Calvin Armstrong and Tim Sims)
1st @ 10 @ opp. 44-yardline: Pass complete to Marrero in the flat for three yards (tackle by Bentrott)
2nd & 7 @ 41-yardline: Pass complete to Marrero in the flat (McCullum lead block) for 18 yards (Armstrong forces out of bounds)
1st & 10 @ 23-yardline: J.R. Lemon run up the middle for seven yards (tackle by Matt McClernan)
2nd & 4 @ 16-yardline: Lemon run behind Kris Bonifas on right side for two yards (tackle by McClernan and Landon Johnson)
3rd & 2 @ 14-yardline: Pass complete to Bradford followed by nifty moves for eight yards (tackle by Okwo)
1st & Goal @ 6-yardline: Pass complete to open Lemon just across goalline for six-yard touchdown (nice block by Marrero gave Edwards time)
PAT good by Michael Sgroi (Greg Camarillo hold, Jon Cochran snap)

2nd team O vs 1st team D
(David Lofton at quarterback)

1st & 10 @ own 30-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Chris Ryan (nice block by Evans to give time)
2nd & 10 @ 30-yardline: Emeka Nnoli run for no gain on quick handoff in I-formation (tackle by Svitek and Newberry)
3rd & 10 @ 30-yardline: Pass complete to Evans for 16 yards after nice protection (tackle by Wilson)
1st & 10 @ 46-yardline: Evans run for loss of three yards (tackle by Kevin Schimmelmann and T.J. Rushing)
2nd & 13 @ 43-yardline: Pass complete to Ryan for 12 yards - nice catch (tackle by Schimmelmann)
3rd & 1 @ opp. 45-yardline: Nnoli run for no gain (less than a yard) - tackled at LOS but fought for more (tackle by Schimmelmann)
4th & short 1 @ 45-yardline: Lofton scrambles for four yards (tackle by Carroll)
1st & 10 @ 41-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Buchanan 28 yards deep (Atogwe coverage)
2nd & 10 @ 41-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Eklund (too high)
3rd & 10 @ 41-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Ryan (dropped at marker)
4th & 10 @ 41-yardline: 41-yard punt by Ottovegio (Newhouse) for touchback - landed at eight-yardline and rolled in

1st team O vs 2nd team D
(Edwards)

1st & 10 @ own 20-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for McCullum off play-action 48 yards deep but just long (Nick Silvas coverage)
2nd & 10 @ 20-yardline: Tolon run for nine yards with shifty moves (tackle by Mike Silva)
Kris Bonifas hurt on the play - injured knee - limps off the field; Danahy replaces at fullback
3rd & 1 @ 29-yardline: Tolon run for seven yards, bouncing outside (tackle by Silvas)
1st @ 10 @ 36-yardline: Edwards run for five yards on right side - scrambled after nobody open after play-action to Tolon (tackle by ??)
2nd & 5 @ 41-yardline:  Tolon run for long four yards - bounced out to left and then cut back inside (tackle by Chris Horn)
3rd & short 1 @ 45-yardline: Fumbled center exchange recovered by Udeme Udofia @ 46-yardline

2nd team O vs 1st team D
(Eklund)

1st & 10 @ opp. 46-yardline: Evans runs behind Nnoli for no gain (tackle by Newberry and Schimmelmann)
2nd & 10 @ 46-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Ryan - bounces off his pads

End of the first quarter (42 plays); start of the 2nd quarter

3rd & 10 @ 46-yardline: Quarterback sack for loss of seven yards (Jon Alston)
4th & 10 @ own 47-yardline: 36-yard punt by Ottovegio (Newberry snap - low) to Marrero (caught)

1st team O vs 2nd team D
(Edwards)

1st & 10 @ own 17-yardline: Pass complete to Lemon in the middle for 23 yards including open field move on Udofia (tackle by Bentrott)
1st & 10 @ 40-yardline: Pass complete to Marrero for 19 yards on roll-out, dropped ball right over defense to him (tackle by Johnson)
1st & 10 @ opp. 41-yardline: Tolon run for six yards (tackle by Horn)
2nd & 4 @ 35-yardline: Tolon run for loss of two yards on delayed hand-off (tackle by ??)
3rd & 6 @ 37-yardline: Tolon run for five yards on delayed hand-off (tackle by Sanchez)
4th & 1 @ 32-yardline: Pass complete to Bradford for two yards (tackle by Okwo)
1st & 10 @ 30-yardline: Pass complete to Smith for six yards (tackle by Bentrott and Okwo)
2nd & 4 @ 24-yardline: Tolon run behind Nnoli for long three yards to right side (tackle by Johnson and Bentrott)
3rd & short 1 @ 21-yardline: Edwards run for two yards (tackle by ??)
1st & 10 @ 19-yardline: Pass incomplete, batted down by David Jackson
2nd & 10 @ 19-yardline: Pass complete to McCullum on right side behind lead blocker for 10 yards (tackle by Bentrott and Timi Wusu)
1st & Goal @ nine-yardline: Marrero run for loss of three yards (tackle by Wusu)
2nd @ Goal @ 12-yardline: Pass incomplete, thrown away (hurry by Okwo - did not bite on play-action)
3rd & Goal @ 12-yardline: Pass complete to Bradford for 12-yard touchdown (ball came off Bradford, bounced off Armstrong and then grabbed by Bradford)
Tim Sims limps off the field - injured back
PAT good by Sgroi (Camarillo, Cochran)

2nd team O vs 1st team D
(Ostrander)

1st & 10 @ own 20-yardline: Pass complete to Lofton for five yards (tackle by Harrison and Wilson)
2nd & 5 @ 25-yardline: Quarterback sack by Jenkins for loss of five yards
3rd & 10 @ 20-yardline: Pass incomplete to Ryan - too late (defended by Wilson)
4th & 10 @ 20-yardline: 33-yard punt by Ottovegio (Newhouse) to Marrero (caught)

1st team O vs 2nd team D
(Edwards - hurry-up offense)

1st & 10 @ own 47-yardline: Pass complete to Lemon for 11 yards (tackle by Silva and McClernan)
1st & 10 @ opp. 42-yardline: Pass complete to Bradford for seven yards (tackle by Sanchez)
2nd & 3 @ 35-yardline: Pass complete to Smith for 29 yards - defensive holding penalty downfield declined (tackle by Johnson and Armstrong)
1st & Goal @ 6-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Bradford - fade overthrown (defended by Sanchez and Armstrong)
2nd & Goal @ 6-yardline: Pass complete to Smith for six-yard touchdown (beat Udofia in open field and ran right to get to corner)
PAT good by Sgroi (Camarillo, Cochran)

End of second quarter (27 plays) and first half

Halftime was more than just a break in the action while the players sucked down some fluids.  Buddy Teevens took the microphone to talk about the spring and to honor several players for winter quarter achievements in the weight room as well as on-field improvements in the spring.  Here is the hardware handed out in public:

Most improved weight room: J.R. Lemon
Best overall weight room: Jon Alston
Cardinal warrior: Oshiomogho Atogwe
Cardinal strength award: Babatunde Oshinowo

Most improved defensive back: Bryan Bentrott
Most improved inside linebacker: Landon Johnson
Most improved outside linebacker: Udeme Udofia
Most improved defensive lineman: Matt McClernan
Most improved offensive lineman: Merlin Brittenham
Most improved tight end: Matt Traverso
Most improved running back: Emeka Nnoli
Most improved wide receiver: Marcus McCutcheon
Most improved quarterback: Trent Edwards

Two permanent captains (voted by teammates) for all games of 2004 season: Jared Newberry and Oshiomogho Atogwe
(third and fourth captains will be named on a game-by-game basis)

Start of the second half - running clock

1st team kickoff to 2nd team return: Sgroi kick five yards deep into endzone, returned by Rushing to 18-yardline (tackle by Okwo)

2nd team O vs 1st team D
(Ostrander)

1st & 10 @ own 20-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Lofton
2nd & 10 @ 20-yardline: Evans run for no gain (tackle by Svitek and Jenkins)
3rd & 10 @ 20-yardline: False start penalty on the offensive line (Mikal Brewer)
3rd & 15 @ 15-yardline: Quarterback sack by Oshinowo for one-yard loss (pressure outside by Emmanuel Awofadeju)
4th & 16 @ 14-yardline: 36-yard punt by Ottovegio (Newhouse) to Wilson (dropped)

1st team O vs 2nd team D
(Edwards)

1st & 10 @ opp. 44-yardline: Pass complete to Bradford for 13 yards (tackle by Sanchez)
1st @ 10 @ 31-yardline: Pass complete to open McCullum for 31-yard touchdown (nice footwork by Edwards moving up into pocket)
PAT good by Sgroi (Camarillo, Cochran)

2nd team O vs 1st team D
(Lofton)

1st & 10 @ own 35-yardline: Evans run for loss of five yards (tackle by Schimmelmann and Oshinowo)
2nd & 15 @ 30-yardline: Pass complete to Evans for no gain (tackle by Svitek)
3rd & 15 @ 30-yardline: Run by Lofton for three yards (tackle by Alston)
4th @ 12 @ 33-yardline: 35-yard punt by Ottovegio (Newhouse) to Bradford (goes to sideline and out of bounds at 32-yardline)

1st team O vs 2nd team D
(Edwards)

1st & 10 @ own 32-yardline: Pass complete to Smith for catch and nice run of 12 yards (tackle by Peter Griffin)
1st & 10 @ 44-yardline: Lemon run for six yards - carried tacklers (tackle by Wusu and Silva)
2nd & 4 @ 50-yardline: Fumbled exchange between Edwards and Lemon (Michael Lovelady blew up play in backfield, ball recovered by Horn @ 44-yardline)

2nd team O vs 1st team D
(Lofton)

1st & 10 @ opp. 46-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Buchanan (breakup by Wilson)
2nd & 10 @ 46-yardline: Run by Nnoli for two yards (tackle by Awofadeju)
Possession terminated

2nd team O vs 2nd team D
(Lofton)

1st & 10 @ opp. 45-yardline: Pass complete to Danahy for 14 yards (tackle by Silva and Johnson)
1st & 10 @ 31-yardline: Run by Nnoli for 10 yards on quick-handoff - explosive run (tackle by Griffin)
1st & 10 @ 21-yardline: Run by Nnoli for six yards carrying pile (tackle by Jackson)
2nd & 4 @ 15-yardline: Run by Evans for five yards (tackle by Silva and Griffin)
Ostrander in for Lofton
1st & 10 @ 11-yardline: Pass complete to Ryan for three yards (tackle by Sims)
2nd & 7 @ 8-yardline: Run by Evans for two yards (tackle by Johnson)
3rd @ 5 @ 6-yardline: Pass complete to Nnoli just across goalline for six-yard touchdown (nice scramble by Ostrander to buy time)
PAT good by Belch (Ostrander hold, Preston Clover snap)

2nd team O vs 2nd team D
(Ostrander)

1st & 10 @ own 20-yardline: Quarterback sack by Lovelady for loss of five yards
2nd & 15 @ 15-yardline: Pass complete to Buchanan for seven yards (tackle by Udofia and Sanchez)
3rd & 8 @ 22-yardline: Pass incomplete, intended for Eklund at 28-yardline but dropped (breakup by Silva)
4th & 8 @ 22-yardline: Quarterback sack by Udofia for loss of three yards

End of second half (30 plays)


Final Stats (by The Bootleg)

Rushing:

  Rushes Gain Loss Net Avg TDs
Tolon 7 34 (2) 34 4.9 0
Nnoli 5 18 0 18 3.6 0
Lemon 3 15 0 15 5.0 0
Edwards 2 7 0 7 3.5 0
Lofton 2 7 0 7 3.5 0
Evans 9 13 (13) 0 0.0 0
Marrero 1 0 (3) -3 -3.0 0
Eklund 2 0 (8) -8 -4.0 0
Ostrander 4 0 (14) -14 -3.5 0

Passing:

  Att Comp Yds Long TDs INTs
Edwards 25 20 260 38 4 0
Lofton 9 4 42 16 0 0
Ostrander 8 5 22 7 1 0
Eklund 2 1 3 3 0 0

Receiving:

  Rec Yds Long TDs
Bradford 6 80 38 1
Smith 5 58 29 1
McCullum 2 41 31 1
Lemon 3 40 23 1
Marrero 3 40 19 0
Danahy 3 18 14 0
Evans 2 16 16 0
Ryan 2 15 12 0
Buchanan 1 7 7 0
Nnoli 1 6 6 1
Lofton 1 5 5 0
Tolon 1 1 1 0

Punting:

  Punts Avg Long Inside 20
Ottovegio 8 36.8 43 1

Kickoff returns:

  Ret Yds Avg Long TDs
Rushing 1 23 23 23 0
Marrero 1 22 22 22 0

Defense:

  Solo Ass Tot TFL/Yds Sack/Yds FF FR INT PBU Blk Hurry
Bentrott 3 4 7                
Johnson 2 4 6                
Okwo 3 2 5               1
Schimmelmann 2 3 5 2 / 5              
Silva 1 4 5           1    
Sanchez 3 1 4                
Svitek 1 3 4 1 / 1              
Newberry 0 4 4 1 / 1              
Griffin 2 1 3                
Harrison 2 1 3                
Jenkins 2 1 3 2 / 6 2 / 6            
Armstrong 1 2 3                
McClernan 1 2 3                
Wusu 1 2 3                
Alston 2 0 2 1 / 7 1 / 7            
Carroll 2 0 2 1 / 3              
Horn 2 0 2       1        
Oshinowo 1 1 2 2 / 4 1 / 1            
Sims 1 1 2                
Udofia 1 1 2 1 / 3 1 / 3   1        
Wilson 1 1 2           1    
Atogwe 1 0 1                
Awofadeju 1 0 1                
Jackson 1 0 1             1  
Lovelady 1 0 1     1          
Silvas 1 0 1                
Bergeron 0 1 1                
Rushing 0 1 1 1 / 1              
??? 3 0 3 1 / 2              

Players who were physically unable to play in this final scrimmage of the spring:  QB Kyle Matter, RB Gerald Commissiong, TE Matt Traverso, WR Evan Moore, WR Marcus McCutcheon, WR Greg Camarillo, WR Gerren Crochet, WR Mike Miller, DE Scott Scharff, DE Taualai Fonoti, NG Nick Frank and SS Trevor Hooper.

New injuries: We were only half as scared as FB Kris Bonifas when he left the game with a knee injury, but the panic he felt was due more to the memory of tearing his ACL early last August in camp.  Preliminary examination indicates that the starting fullback did not do damage to his knee and will be just fine...  CB Tim Sims returned to action after hurting his back in the scrimmage.


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