2008 Spring Game Reviews - WAC

Posted May 5, 2008

What happened in the WAC spring games? John Harris reviews the final scrimmages of the spring season.

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By John Harris

Boise State

In the annual Blue and Orange spring game in Boise, the offense got the best of the defense 25-9.  The score was secondary to the quarterback battle that has been waged this spring and in this spring game.  Each of the contenders for the starting position played relatively well, even though it was redshirt freshman Kellen Moore who garnered most of the attention from the locals.  The youngster completed eleven of 13 passes for 99 yards.

Fresno State  

Head coach Pat Hill was pleased with his team’s effort this spring, including the team’s final scrimmage of spring practice.  Running back Kyle Duffy had a strong showing in the team’s fifty play 11-on-11 scrimmage, scoring on a screen pass and a 45-yard run.  He registered 74 yards total offense on the day (rushing and receiving).  Defensive end Ikenna Ike racked up two sacks on the day to lead the Bulldog defense.


As part of the Ohana Festival, the football team concluded its spring drills with the annual Warrior Bowl – a Black team 24-20 victory over the Green squad.  Quarterback Inaka Funaki led the Black squad, throwing and running throughout the game.  He led the Black team in rushing, twice for 45 yards and completed 12 of his 18 passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.  But, he got some help from the Black defense that held the Green offense to three total rushing yards.


The annual Silver and Gold game left head coach Robb Akey in a good mood after it was over.  Although he liked the play on both sides, the Silver emerged victorious 31-17 over the Gold.  Running back Princeton McCarty put on a show for the 5,100 in attendance, scoring four times for the Silver.  McCarty scored on runs of 46, 9, 5 and 15 yards, rushing for 124 yards on just 14 carries.  His counterpart on the Gold squad Deonte’ Jackson ran for 84 yards on 13 carries, 40 of which coming on one carry.

Louisiana Tech  

The White team made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter to beat the Blue team 14-13 in the second annual T-Day spring game in Ruston.  Quarterback Ross Jenkins completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Philip Livas to complete the comeback win for the White.  Jenkins finished the day having completed 16 of 27 passes for 148 yards and the aforementioned touchdown.  Both defenses stole the show for much of the game, including linebacker Quin Harris who had four tackles and a sack for the victorious White team. 


World, meet Colin Kapernick.  If you missed the arrival of the Nevada quarterback last season, you can’t miss his second tour of duty.  If the annual Silver and Blue spring game is any indication, that is.  Kapernick rushed for 146 yards on only five carries, including a 52- and a 65-yard run for scores.  His passing accuracy suffered (five of 15 for 74 yards and an interception), but his ability to make something happen out of the pocket should have many more people taking notice this fall.

New Mexico State

The New Mexico State defense, led by defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn, reigned victorious over the offense 35-17 in the annual NMSU spring contest.  Quarterback J.J. McDermott completed 32 of 49 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns, but the defense registered six sacks of McDermott to lead the way to the spring game victory.  Nick Paden paced the defense with eight tackles and two sacks 

San Jose State  

Defense ruled the day during the team’s annual spring game, as the defensive unit defeated the offense 42-18.  The defense racked up three fumble recoveries, a pick and five sacks on the way to its 24-point margin of victory.  The ‘D’ harassed the Spartan quarterbacks all day long, as the trio looking to replace former starting quarterback Adam Tafralis struggled.  Myles Eden, Sean Flynn and Jordan La Secla completed a combined eleven of 28 passes for only 108 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Utah State  

After years of not having enough depth to hold a standard spring game, Utah State held a more traditional Blue-White spring game, a contest won by the Blue 14-10.  Receiver Stanley Morrison scored both touchdowns for the Blue team, catching an eleven yard touchdown in addition to a 14 yarder to put the Blue up on top for good.  The White was led by running back Derrick Cumbee, a former linebacker, who ran for 69 yards on nine carries, including a 28-yard touchdown run.  Head coach Brent Guy really liked how Cumbee performed, even in a losing effort.