BUFFALO, NY (RELEASE) – Jordan Johnson rushed for 114 yards and two touchdown to help lead the Blue team to a 20-8 victory over the White squad at the annual Spring Game played at UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Johnson had his 114 yards on 17 carries – a 6.7 yards per carry average. The sophomore running back had touchdown runs of 10 and 43 yards. Anthone Taylor paced the White squad’s running attack with 42 yards on 15 carries. Devin Campbell carried the ball five times for 12 yards.
With Joe Licata out of spring drills recovering from an injury, Tony Daniel and Collin Michael took most of the reps at quarterback. Daniel went 13-of-26 for 163 yards while Michael finished 16-of-32 for 175 yards. Walk-on Craig Slowik also saw time and completed 2-of-11 passes for 35 yards.
Tight end Matt Weiser led the receivers with four catches for 46 yards. Taylor also had four catches for 28 yards on the afternoon. Ron Willoughby, Marcus McGill, John Dunmore, Boise Ross and Mason Schreck each added three receptions.
Patrick Clarke kicked for both teams and finished 4-for-6 on field goal attempts and converted both extra points. The senior kicker showed off his strong leg, drilling field goals of 20, 43, 47 and 54 yards.
Defensive standouts on the White team included Okezie Alozie who had a game-high 10 tackles, including six solo stops. Lee Skinner had eight tackles, a half sack and two pass breakups. Adam Redden had three tackles, two of which he came off the edge to drill the running back for a loss of yardage. Brandon Crawford finished with five tackles, a sack and intercepted a tipped pass near the goal line.
The Blue team defense was led by Travis Pitzonka who had six tackles. William Rembert and walk-on Kyril Threats each added five tackles. Redshirt-freshman Xavier Davis sacked Michael in the endzone for a safety.
“I saw a lot of positives out there today,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “These last four weeks have given a lot of young players an opportunity to get out there and prove where there development is. We wanted to put them in game-like situations and settings. I saw some things I really liked and some things we need to work on. I like where our leadership is, where they are with their mindset and where we can take this program with a lot of guys that are going to be new faces in our lineup.”
The Bulls will return for preseason camp in August before kicking off the 2013 campaign against Duquesne on Aug. 30 at UB Stadium.