Cream Tops Crimson in Spring Finale
April 19, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana football team wrapped up its 2008 spring practice with the Cream & Crimson Scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. A controversial final play gave the Cream (offense) a 36-34 victory over the Crimson (defense).
With the Crimson holding a 34-33 advantage after the final play of the fifth scrimmage period, the coaches decided to give the Cream one more opportunity with one play from the 10-yard line. Sophomore quarterback Ben Chappell hit junior wide receiver Collin Taylor on a slant for the decisive score (touchdowns counted for three points).
"The game was over," head coach Bill Lynch said. "We went overtime to make it exciting at the end. I thought the defense played great all day, and they should. That is where the experience is on this football team. Our defensive guys made good improvement all spring and played pretty well today."
Due to a lack of healthy bodies, the Hoosiers played five scrimmage periods with punt and kick periods mixed in. The first half consisted of three 15-minute scrimmages with a running clock, and the second half saw two 10-minute scrimmages with a running clock.
The offense received points for a first down (1 point), a touchdown/25-yard play (3 points) and any defensive interference (1 point). The defense earned points on a pass break-up (1 point), a defensive stop (1 point), any offensive interference (1 point) and an interception.
Entering the final scrimmage period, the Crimson turned in a stout effort. Four Hoosiers picked off passes, junior defensive end Jammie Kirlew recorded two sacks and fifth-year senior safety Brandon Mosley forced a pair of fumbles.
In addition to his two sacks, Kirlew finished with five solo tackles, two behind the team leader, Will Patterson. The junior linebacker from Indianapolis also added a tackle for loss and one pass break-up.
Chappell finished the day 24-of-38 for 169 yards and one score. He threw two of the four picks with back-up Mitchell Evans accounting for the other two. Evans went 13-of-19 for 79 yards.
Redshirt freshman Matt Ernest (59 yards) and senior Brandon Walker-Roby (29 yards) each hauled in seven catches, while Taylor led the way with 72 yards on five catches. Junior Chris Banks (33 yards) and redshirt freshman tight end Max Dedmond (30 yards) each added four grabs.
On the ground, Burgess averaged a team-best 4.3 yards per carry with 47 yards on 11 rushes. Walker posted 37 yards on nine attempts (4.1) and Payton ended the scrimmage with 35 yards.
Overall, Lynch was not only pleased with his team's effort on Saturday, but with its entire 15-practice spring.
"I thought it was really good," Lynch said. "When you are on the inside and you are there everyday and in the meetings watching tape, you understand what is going on. We didn't have all of our starters, but it gave a lot of young guys an opportunity. It may not show up August 30, but somewhere during the season those guys are going to have to play. All in all, I think we accomplished the things we wanted to. We also know what we need to work on once we get to fall camp."
Indiana will play eight of its first 10 games in Bloomington, opening with its first-ever meetings against Western Kentucky (Aug. 30) and Murray State (Sept. 6).
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