Purple Holds Off White to Win Spring Game, 24-21
LSU Sports Interactive
BATON ROUGE -- Devery Henderson caught a touchdown pass and Shyrone Carey rushed for a score in leading the Purple team to a 24-21 win over the White squad in LSU's annual Spring Game here Friday afternoon in Tiger Stadium.
With the win, the Purple team will now be the recipient of a steak dinner with all of the trimmings up their return from Spring Break, while the White squad will eat a beans and franks dinner on paper plates.
The contest was played before 8,002 fans, with over 3,100 of those fans using e-tickets, which were purchased and printed off the Internet, a first in LSU history.
Devery Henderson led all receivers with seven receptions for 146 yards and one score for the Purple squad, while Michael Clayton had seven catches for 131 yards and a TD for the White team. Joseph Addai led all rushers with 91 yards, including a 42-yard TD run, for the White team, while Carey added 56 yards for the Purple squad.
Marcus Randall played nearly the entire game for the White team, hitting on 16 of 34 passes for 250 yards, two TDs and one interception. Mauck, who split time as the Purple team signal-caller with Rick Clausen and Michael Harrison, connected on 7 of 12 passes for 78 yards, one TD and one interception. Clausen was 4 of 10 for 66 yards and Harrison was 2 of 3 for 70 yards, a 64-yard TD pass to Henderson.
"Spring games are spring games, especially when you split up the teams," LSU coach Nick Saban said, who served as the game's "Commissioner". "There were some very good individual performances today. I thought all three receivers (Michael Clayton, Devery Henderson and Skyler Green) made some good plays. Michael obviously had a very good game and Devery made some big plays and Skyler had a couple of big catches.
"Joseph (Addai) made some good runs and I thought Matt Mauck played pretty well, even though he didn't play that much. Since he team was ahead, we thought it was best that we did not keep playing him out there."
Mauck's first possession didn't start out very well as he threw an interception on the game's first play as the White team's Ronnie Prude picked off the pass at the Purple 42-yard line. Two plays later, Addai raced 42-yard for a score and a 7-0 White lead.
Mauck responded by leading the Purple team on an 11-play, 75-yard drive, capped on Carey's 2-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. A Randall Gay interception of a Marcus Randall pass on the White team's next possession lead to a 26-yard field goal by Andre Boagni for a 10-7 Purple lead.
Mauck found tight end Demetri Robinson with a 23-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to stretch the Purple lead to 17-7.
The score remained that way until Henderson, who is coming back from suffering a season-ending broken arm in week 11 last year, hauled in a 64-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Michael Harrison at the 11:45 mark to give the Purple a 24-7 advantage.
The White squad scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns, one on 23-yard pass from Marcus Randall to Skyler Green and the other being a 4-yard Randall pass to Clayton with just 13 seconds left to pull them to within 24-21.
The White team's ensuing onside kick attempt was unsuccessful. However, a questionable call by the league's Commissioner (Saban) gave the White team a second attempt at the onside kick after ruling that the Purple squad had 12 players on the field. The second onside kick attempt was recovered by defensive end Marcus Spears and the Purple squad ran out the clock.
Defensively, Kyle Williams led the Purple team with five tackles, including one sack for a 5-yard loss, while Bryce Wyatt added two sacks for the winning team. Randall Gay added three tackles, one interception and broke up three passes for the Purple squad.
Eric Alexander, who had six tackles, led the White team. Melvin Oliver recorded four tackles, which included one sack for a 10-yard loss and one other tackle for a loss.
"There was some good hitting and the hitting and the tackling got better as the scrimmage went along," Saban said. "I still think we need to find more defensive football players that are going to be good tacklers, not give up big plays and make the kinds of plays on defense that you have to make in order to be successful.
"Overall, there were three things that we wanted to accomplish this spring. We felt like we turned the ball over too much, put the ball on the ground too much last year on offense. We wanted to make more big plays and in every scrimmage and we were able to do that. Defensively we wanted to give up fewer big plays. We wanted to improve the quarterback efficiency based on last year, and I was really pleased with that. Matt (Mauck) really played well this spring and Marcus (Randall) played better and made some good plays out there today. I feel a lot better about where we are with that situation right now.
LSU Spring Game Stats
Score by Quarters
Purple 10 7 0 7 --24
White 7 0 0 14 -21
13:19 W Joseph Addai 42-yard run (Ryan Gaudet kick)
6:52 P Shyrone Carey 5-yard run (Andre Boagni kick)
2:05 P Boagni 26-yard field goal
13:38 P Demetri Robinson 23-yard pass from Matt Mauck (Boagni kick)
11:45 P Devery Henderson 64-yard pass from Michael Harrison (Boagni kick)
9:04 W Skyler Green 23-yard pass from Marcus Randall (Gaudet kick)
0:13 W Michael Clayton 4-yard pass from Randall (Gaudet kick)
Purple - Carey 18-59, Spadoni 10-36, Mauck 1- (-2), Clausen 2- (-3); White - Addai 7-91, Vincent 4-12, Gilbert 3-3, Ricard 2- (-10), Randall 3- (-13).
Purple - Mauck 7-12-1-78, Clausen 4-10-0-66, Harrison 2-3-0-70; White - Randall 16-34-1-250, Ricard 0-2-0-0.
Purple - Henderson 7-146, D. Robinson 2-28, Spadoni 2-14, D. Jones 1-21, Giambelluca 1-5; White - Clayton 7-131, Green 5-94, Edwards 2-19, Addai 2-6.