Sun Belt 2007 Spring Games Wrapup
Posted May 3, 2007

Quick looks at what happened in all the Sun Belt spring games

By John Harris
2007 Preseason Lookaheads - Sun Belt

Arkansas State – The offense defeated the defense 56-46 in Arkansas State’s annual spring game in Jonesboro.  After cutting the lead to one 46-45, the number one defense yielded nine points to the starting offense.  Quarterback Corey Leonard and wide receiver Patrick Higgins hooked up for the longest offensive play of the day – a 42 yard pass completion.

FIU – 2,400 fans were in attendance to see new head coach Mario Cristobal’s Panthers do battle in an offense vs. defense format.  The offense emerged victorious 28-17 behind redshirt freshman quarterback Wayne Younger’s leadership.  Younger threw two touchdown passes, in addition to rushing for 80 yards on the ground.

Florida Atlantic – The Owl offense defeated the Owl defense 35-23 in the annual spring game, the first game to take place at the new FAU Track and Field Complex.  Quarterback Rusty Smith was the team’s offensive star, completing 19 of 28 for 242 yards and three touchdowns, while receiver William Rose caught four passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Middle Tennessee – For the second consecutive year, the White team will be eating steak after shutting out the Blue 17-0 in the annual Blue and White spring game.  The dominating White defense held the Blue offense to a paltry 49 yards total offense, while registering six sacks, four of which by Sean Mosley.  On offense, the White got a solid performance from quarterback Joe Craddock who completed eight of 11 for 113 yards.

North Texas – The Mean Green were in dire need of offense and the hiring of new head coach  and offensive guru Todd Dodge was evidence of the lack of explosiveness in the offense.  So, it should come as no surprise that the White/offense defeated the Green/defense in the team’s annual spring game.  In a stark contrast to last year, the Mean quarterbacks combined for over 400 yards passing.

Troy – The Troy offense staged a massive comeback, outscoring the defense 41-9 in the second half, to emerge with a 48-37 T-Day game victory.  The offense got a tremendous effort from returning starting quarterback Omar Haugabook, who completed 30 of 40 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.

UL Monroe – The Warhawks’ Maroon and Gold game was a hard fought three point contest won by the Maroon 38-35.  Maroon running back Tay Ogletree picked up 82 of his 90 rushing yards on one carry, the longest play from scrimmage, while teammate Frank Goodin ran for two touchdowns and 77 yards on ten carries.

UL Lafayette – Mother Nature might have brought the annual Red and White spring game to a screeching halt, but the Ragin’ Cajuns had an exciting one point shortened game, a 24-23 victory for the Red.  The White scored on a nine yard touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Morel to receiver Marlin Miller, but the Red’s LaQuincy Williams blocked the ensuing extra point just prior to the game being called on account of heavy rain.


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