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Apr 21, 2013 11:27 AM by UL Sports Information

Offense Shines In UL Spring Game

LAFAYETTE, La. - Terrance Broadway threw for 107 yards and a touchdown and Torrey Pierce ran for a touchdown as the Ragin' Red team defeated the Cajun White squad, 30-23, in the annual Red vs. White spring game at Cajun Field on Saturday.

The score without audience participation had the Red team winning, 17-13.

The loss spoiled a strong performance by White quarterback Brooks Haack, who completed 15-of-19 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

"This was the most physical scrimmage of the entire spring," head coach Mark Hudspeth said. "Both teams came ready to play and turned in strong performances.

"This caps off a pretty good spring of work for the guys. We still have some work to do to be ready for Arkansas, but definitely made some progress this spring."

Utilizing a scoring system that enabled the Cajun fans to help their favorite side, the Red team opened the scrimmage with a 6-4 lead, points awarded to them based on the winning teams in a Greek Flag Football tournament held earlier in the day.

The Red didn't need long to put their own points on the board.

After forcing the White team to punt following their opening series, Broadway led the Red team on a seven-play 56-yard drive that culminated with Torrey Pierce running it in from two yards. Hunter Stover added the extra point to give the Red squad a 13-4 lead.

Broadway keyed the drive by completing a nine-yard pass to Darryl Surgent, a 13-yard toss to Pierce and an 18-yard pass to Jamal Robinson that gave the Red a first-and-goal at the two.

Neither team would score until midway through the second quarter when freshman D'Shaie Landor completed a 20-yard pass to Larry Pettis that set up a 20-yard field goal by Stover with 2:13 left in the half that extended the Red lead to 16-4.

It could have been worse for the White team. With the Red getting a first-and-goal at the six following the Pettis catch, the defense stiffened, denying Pierce a trip to the end zone on three straight carries to force the field goal.

Haack got the White team on the board when he led them on a seven-play, 70-yard drive. Haack showed his athleticism on the scoring play when he eluded the defensive pressure long enough to find Ricky Johnson open along the back on the end zone for a two-yard touchdown that made it a 16-11 game with 37 seconds left in the half.

The Red team benefited again from its fans as Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity edged the UL cheerleaders to win the halftime "Don't Let Go of The Rope Tug of War" contest, which gave the Red team seven points and the White squad six to make it a 23-17 game.

The Red scored on its opening possession of the third quarter when Robinson made an acrobatic catch on a Broadway pass in the back left corner of the end zone. Stephen Brauchele added the extra point to push the lead to 30-13 with 6:10 left in the quarter.

Robinson led the Red team with three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

The Red defense halted a White comeback, denying the squad despite having a first-and-goal at the 6. Christian Hill started the stand by tackling Effrem Reed for a one-yard loss. Two plays later, freshman Jared Johnson, who made five catches for 84 yards, appeared to have a six-yard touchdown catch only to have it called back because of offensive pass interference.

Facing a fourth-and-long from the 21, Jalen Nixon overthrew Johnson in the end zone to turn the ball back over to the Red team.

The White team closed the scoring when Haacks engineered a 69-yard scoring drive in the final 2:30, throwing a six-yard scoring pass to Pace on the final play of the game. Pace led all receivers with nine catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.

All four quarterbacks were effective in the game. Landor was six-for-eight for 59 yards in relief of Broadway while Nixon replaced Haack and completed five of his six pitches for 51 yards.

"I thought we saw some good things from all four of our quarterbacks," Hudspeth said. "We didn't let Terrance (Broadway) do a lot but all three of the freshmen made some plays."

Justin Anderson and Christian Sager led the Red team with six tackles each while Zach DeGrange added five stops. Nick Barnfield had the only turnover, intercepting a pass from Lance Pace on an attempted throw back to Haack.

Andrew Hebert led the White team with nine tackles. Boris Anyama added five stops, including two TFL for six yards.

At halftime of the game, Hudspeth presented the spring awards to the Cajuns. Wide receiver James Butler was named the offensive most improved player with cornerback Jevante Watson being tabbed as the defensive most improved player.

In addition, three awards were given to players for being the most improved player during off-season conditioning, taking into account improved work ethic, strength improvement and attitude. Wide receiver Jared Johnson received the honor for the skill position, punter Daniel Cadona was the big skill honoree with freshman Blain Winston being tabbed among the big men (or linemen).

With the spring practice period now complete, the Cajuns will focus on final exams which are on the horizon for spring semester. Conditioning will continue through the summer leading up to preseason camp opening in early August.

Spring Game Statistics:

Rushing:
White: Effrem Reed 10-30; Jalen Nixon 3-12; Brooks Haack 2-(-8); Lance Pace 1-1. Total: 16-35. Red: Torrey Pierce 8-33, 1; Damarcus Watts-Bracken 6-9; Jacob Maxwell 1-(-4); Terrance Broadway 1-(-9), Total: 16-29, 1.

Passing:
White: Haack: 15-19, 204, 2; Nixon 5-6, 51; Pace 0-1, INT. Totals 20-26, 255, 2 TD, 1 INT. Red: Landor 6-8, 59; Broadway 8-12, 107, 1 TD. Totals 14-20, 166, 1 TD

Receiving:
White: Pace 9-87, 1; Jared Johnson 5-84; Ricky Johnson 3-29, 1; Nick Byrne 2-54; Reed 1-1. Red: Jamal Robinson 3-42, 1; Torrey Pierce 1-15; Larry Pettis 2-21; James Butler 2-21; Bradley Brown 2-23; Adam Savoie 1-11; Darryl Surgent 1-9;Ian Thompson 1-4; Jacob Maxwell 1-20.

Punting:
White: Alvarez 1-23. Red: Cadona 2-78, 39.0 avg.

 

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