Cream Holds Off Crimson, 19-16, for Spring Game Victory
April 14, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Cream withstood a late rally and defeated the Crimson, 19-16, in Indiana's annual Cream & Crimson Spring Game on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoosiers hosted Pigskins & Pancakes for the second straight year and welcomed back 17 former players for a Kids Clinic before kicking off at noon.
After playing one quarter in Memorial Stadium, inclement weather forced the teams and fans into Mellencamp Pavilion for the remaining three quarters.
"We've been having great weather all spring," Wilson said. "I talked to the guys, with as good as the weather's been, we need to take advantage of some of the elements and learn how to take advantage of tough situations. We've got to play well on the road next year, we've got to play well when we don't get good calls or make good plays, so I kind of challenged them in the meeting to take advantage of the weather. We had a decent start, transitioned fields, I don't know if it was ideal or perfect, but I thought we got a lot out of it. It was a good day."
Following the scrimmage, the coaches and players held an autograph session in Mellencamp.
The Big Ten Network will air the game at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, April 16, with Jeremy Gray (play-by-play) and Buck Suhr (analyst) on the call.
BTN also will have highlights and analysis from this afternoon at 9:30 p.m. this evening on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.
Here is a look at some of today's highlights:
Later in the drive, sophomore safety Mark Murphy recorded the game's first sack to stop the Cream's opening drive.
Sophomore defensive end Bobby Richardson later sacked Coffman to halt the drive.
On the Cream's next possession, junior running back Stephen Houston broke a tackle and raced 40 yards before getting knocked out of bounds at the Crimson 3-yard line.
After three goal line stands by the Crimson defense, Roberson ran it in on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to give the Cream a 7-0 advantage.
Junior cornerback Lawrence Barnett broke up a Crimson fourth-and-3 attempt inside the Cream's 30-yard line.
The skies opened and the Hoosiers headed over to Mellencamp Pavilion for the final three quarters.
On the following Crimson possession, sophomore running back Isaiah Roundtree got the Crimson offense on the board.
Roundtree converted a fourth-and-1, pushed inside the Crimson's 10 with a 9-yard run and capped the drive off with a 1-yard score to make it a 10-6 ballgame.
Coffman again connected with Latimer, this time for 14 yards, as the Cream started to march once again.
Facing a first-and-20, Coffman hit sophomore running back D'Angelo Roberts for 19 yards to set up Ewald's second field goal of the game, from 37 yards out, to give the Cream at 13-6 halftime lead.
On a fourth-and-10 play, he found sophomore wide receiver Shane Wynn for an 11-yard gain to move the chains.
Junior running back David Blackwell bounced to the right for a 12-yard scamper to the Cream's 8-yard line.
The Crimson defense stiffened, stopping the Cream at the 1-yard line and bringing Ewald out for an 18-yarder, which he connected to make it a 13-9 Cream edge.
Roberson found sophomore wide receiver Kofi Hughes across the middle for an 18-yard pass play on the Cream's next possession, but fifth-year senior defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., sacked Roberson to stop the drive with 3:00 remaining.
Roundtree once again broke free for a 35-yard gain to the Cream's 30-yard line.
On third-and-10, fifth-year senior defensive tackle Nicholas Sliger brought Roundtree down for a 4-yard loss to force a Crimson field goal attempt.
The Cream drove to the Crimson 12-yard line before Ewald delivered a 29-yard field goal to make it 16-9.
Following a third-down pass breakup by sophomore defensive back Kenny Mullen, Coffman started the Crimson off on the right foot with a 20-yard run.
Sophomore safety Jake Zupancic broke up a pass attempt from Coffman down the middle on the next third down.
The Crimson team failed to convert on fourth down and Roundtree went back to work. He exploded for a 12-yard run and Ewald booted a 50-yard field goal to give the Cream a 10-point lead at 19-9.
Roundtree continued his strong afternoon, this time for the Crimson squad, breaking loose for a 55-yard touchdown to pull the Crimson within three at 19-16 with just over three minutes left.
Coach Wilson gave the ball back to the Crimson, simulating a recovered onside kick. The Cream forced the Crimson into a fourth-and-10, where Roberson connected with Roberts. However, as he turned up field, a gang of Cream tacklers stopped him 1-yard shy of the first down and protected the 19-16 victory.
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