Cardinal defeats White, 28-3

Wisconsin's two defenses combine for three interceptions, running back John Clay has game-best 90 yards and wide receiver David Gilreath grabs 79 yards through the air in Wisconsin's annual spring game.

MADISON - The Cardinal team defeated the White team, 28-3, today in front of approximately 22,000 fans at Camp Randall Stadium in Wisconsin's annual Spring Football Game. Running back Lance Smith, who played for both the Cardinal and White teams, rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown.

The Cardinal team, consisting of most of UW's regulars, jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the game, driving 65 yards on the opening possession of the game. The big play on the drive was a 40-yard pass from Allan Evridge to Lance Kendricks. The drive stalled on the five-yard line and Philip Welch converted a 22-yard field goal.

On the ensuing drive, White took the ball down to the 18-yard line but didn't come away with any points after Matt Fischer missed a 35-yard field goal. Cardinal's next drive stalled when Nick Maragos intercepted Evridge at the White 28-yard line.

At the end of the first quarter, Welch, kicking for Cardinal, and Fischer, kicking for White, each attempted four rapid-fire field goals. Welch made three, connecting from 25, 31 and 48 yards. Fischer was good from 22 and 25 yards. Each made field goal was worth one point.

Niles Brinkley stepped in front of a Scott Tolzien pass and returned it 25 yards to set the Cardinal team up near midfield. That led to a 40-yard field goal by Welch.

The White team punted on its next drive and Cardinal then drove 75 yards in eight plays for the game's first touchdown. Smith carried five times on the drive for 35 yards, including the final three for the score. That gave Cardinal a 16-2 lead at halftime.

White started the second half with the ball and a steady diet of freshman running back John Clay. Clay carried the ball on eight straight plays to open the half, gaining 59 yards. A fumbled snap led to third-and-16 and Jay Valai made a diving interception on a deflected pass, giving Cardinal the ball at its own nine-yard line.

Eight straight Evridge pass attempts brought the ball to the White one-yard line, where the Cardinal team faced fourth down. Smith tried to bull his way in for the score but was met by Valai, now playing for White. Valai brought down Smith and turned the ball back over to White.

At the end of the third quarter, the kickers again came out for some rapid fire attempts. Welch and Fischer switched allegiances, Welch kicking for White and Fischer for Cardinal. Fischer connected from 25 and 37 while Welch was good from 22.

In the fourth quarter, the Cardinal team scored 10 points when Fischer connected on a 26-yard field goal and then freshman quarterback James Stallons connected with Kendricks for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 5:17 left. That accounted for the final points of the game.

For the Cardinal team, Evridge was 7-of-12 for 137 yards and an interception while Dustin Sherer was 5-of-8 for 68 yards. Smith rushed for 75 yards for Cardinal while P.J. Hill, playing just the first half, accounted for 33 yards. Wide receiver David Gilreath led all pass catchers with three catches for 79 yards while Kendricks totaled 60 yards. Tight end Mickey Turner had three catches for 46 yards and Isaac Anderson hauled in three passes for 31 yards.

For the White squad, Tolzien was 4-of-8 for 61 yards and two interceptions while Curt Phillips was 1-of-5 for 12 yards. James Stallons, who played for both teams, was 2-of-5 for 29 yards and a TD. Clay finished with 90 yards on 19 carries.


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