Late Score and Stop Propel Crimson to 28-27 Victory in Thrilling Spring Game
April 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Demetrius McCray and Darius Willis combined for 168 rushing yards and two scores to lead the Crimson to a 28-27 victory in the Cream & Crimson Spring Game on a perfect Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The game, which featured four 12-minute quarters with a 10-minute halftime, concluded IU's 2009 spring practice.
McCray rushed for 84 yards on 10 carries (8.4 average) with a 4-yard score, while Willis posted 80 yards on 13 carries (6.2 average) to go along with a 17-yard TD run.
Behind the potent rushing attack, Teddy Schell hit Chris Banks in stride for a 48-yard touchdown with 1:01 remaining, and Charlie Klingensmith tacked on the extra point to provide what proved to be the winning margin.
Tandon Doss took the ensuing kickoff 31 yards to the Crimson 46-yard line and on the next play, Ben Chappell connected with running back Bryan Payton on a swing pass out of the backfield. Payton dodged a tackler and raced untouched the rest of the way for six points.
The Cream decided to go for two following a timeout. Trea Burgess took the handoff from Chappell and was met immediately by defensive tackle Mick Mentzer, who brought the 226-pounder down at the line of scrimmage.
Leon Beckum recovered Nick Freeland's on-side kick attempt to preserve the Crimson's one-point triumph.
Schell finished the afternoon 9-of-11 for 130 yards and the one score. Along with back-ups Adam Follett and Connor Creevey, the Crimson quarterbacks finished 17-of-24 for 206 yards, two scores and one interception.
Chappell closed out the contest 14-of-22 for 205 yards and two touchdowns. He found Troy Wagner from five yards out in the second quarter before hitting Payton for touchdown No. 2.
Not to be outdone by the Crimson rushing attack, Burgess added 92 yards on 10 carries (9.2 average) with TD runs of 30 and 35 yards in the final quarter. Payton collected 46 yards and the two teams combined for 281 yards rushing on 65 attempts (4.3 average) with four touchdowns.
Damarlo Belcher paced the Crimson receivers with six catches for 82 yards, including a 30-yard score from Follett. Banks added 61 yards on two catches.
Kellen Lewis led the Cream with five grabs for 52 yards, and Doss ended the game with three catches for a team-best 61 yards.
Linebacker Matt Mayberry (Crimson) and cornerback Chris Adkins (Cream) each recorded game-highs of eight tackles. Defensive tackle Larry Black, Jr., (Cream) led all players with two sacks for 12 yards in addition to six tackles.
Safety Kyle Dietrick picked off one pass, the lone turnover of the contest.
The Crimson jumped out to an early 7-0 lead behind McCray's TD, the only score of the first quarter. Wagner's score tied the game before Willis reached the end zone to give the Crimson a 14-7 lead going into the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Belcher moved the Crimson ahead by 14 points following his 30-yard score. Burgess responded with his first touchdown at the 10:02 mark and evened the game at 21-21 with 2:20 remaining.
Indiana opens its 2009 season with the first Thursday night game in Memorial Stadium history against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 3. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
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