Sun Belt Spring Game Reviews
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Under the modified
spring game scoring system (a staple at campuses everywhere), the
Arkansas State defense emerged victorious in the team’s annual spring
game 52-36. With five three and outs against the defense and a 74 yard
interception return for a touchdown by Darius Glover, the defense
cruised to a relatively easy victory. The offense was led by
quarterback Travis Hewitt, who completed 16 of 30 passes for 198 yards
and three touchdowns.
The Florida Atlantic
defense caused four turnovers against the team’s offense to eke out a
one point, 38-37 win in the annual spring game. Eric McIntosh accounted
for two of the aforementioned turnovers, an interception and a 21-yard
fumble recovery for a touchdown. Offensively, quarterback Rusty Smith
had a strong day, completing 18 of 29 passes for 233 yards and two
touchdowns. But, he also threw two back-breaking interceptions in the
process. Running back Charles Pierre ran for 54 yards and two
touchdowns on eight carries.
Staying consistent with
the Sun Belt’s spring game theme, the FIU defense beat the FIU offense
29-18 in the Blue and Gold spring game. The offense jumped out to a
quick 14-3 lead, but the defense shut out the offense over the next nine
possessions to come away with the eleven point win. Jeremiah
Weatherspoon sat out 2007, but made up for lost time picking up two
interceptions. The defensive team effort made head coach Mario
Cristobal take notice after the offense had gotten the best of the
defense throughout the spring.
Craddock got all kinds of busy on the Blue team, as he led the White to
a 28-7 win in the team’s annual Blue-White spring game. All Craddock
did was complete 19 of 25 passes for the 235 yards and three touchdowns,
rushing for one as well. Oh, and he played baseball this spring as
well. Wow. He hit receiver Caleb Dugger for a 34 yard touchdown to
kick off the scoring, but his big target was Patrick Honeycutt, who had
eleven receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Surprise, surprise –
the North Texas Green and White scrimmage featured a lot of passing.
Quarterback Giovanni Vizza led the way for the Mean Green offense,
completing 15 of 23 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. His offense
scored five touchdowns against the defense, all of them coming on
passes. It wasn’t all offense, though, as the defense held the offense
out of the endzone throughout the first 13 minutes of the scrimmage.
But, Vizza and company got it going later in the scrimmage.
The 60-52 Cardinal
victory over the White was a bit of a footnote in the annual T-Day
spring game. Don’t think so? Just ask head coach Larry Blakeney who
didn’t care for the “worst scoring system in the history of college
football”. Either way, both units got good work done during the
scrimmage. Quarterback Jamie Hampton completed 21 of 31 passes for 327
yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, the star of the scrimmage was
Xavier Lamb who finished the day with 21 tackles (nine solos).
The annual Maroon and
Gold spring game was a nailbiter, coming down to the final 25 seconds,
as quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster hit Darrell McNeal for the game winning
26-yard touchdown pass. Lancaster’s throw put the Maroon on top for
good 14-10 over the White. Most of the action took place in the final
quarter of the contest, as the two teams combined for 21 points, after
scoring three points in the first three quarters. Lancaster completed
15 of 26 for 192 yards for two touchdowns to lead the Maroon to the