White Team Prevails in Annual Spring Game

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 12, 2014
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Score By Quarter
Team 1 2 3 4 F
Red 3 10 0 0 13
White 7 7 7 7 28
Knight 5 14 53 10.6 0 1
Thomas 5 9 52 10.4 1 0
Mayfield 9 9 125 13.9 2 0
Hansen 4 8 58 14.5 1 2
Rushing Leaders
Brooks 8 67 8.4 0
Smith  9 30 3.3 1
Ford 9 29 3.2 0
Receiving Leaders
Bennett 4 62 15.5 1
Flowers 4 40 10.0 0
Smallwood 3 60 20.0 1
Woods 3 53 17.7 0
McNamara 3 16 5.3 2
Defensive Leaders
Hunter 9 0-0 1-5 0 0
Franklin 5 0-0 0-0 0 1-0
Thomas 4 0-0 0-0 0 0
Owens 4 0-0 0-0 0 0
Striker 3 2-15 1-2  0 0

NORMAN, Okla -- In front of a crowd of 43,500, the largest for a spring contest in the Bob Stoops era, the White team defeated the Red team 28-13 in the 2014 Spring Game presented by US Fleeting Tracking Saturday afternoon inside Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

On Saturday, youth won the day for the Sooners as all players who scored touchdowns combined for zero last season.

“Today, we had some good plays, had some bad plays, but it’s fun to get out and play in front of 43,500 fans, which is just awesome to have that support,” quarterback Trevor Knight said. “We had a chance for a lot of young guys to come in and do some work. I’m excited to see how they’re working, and that holds true to the whole spring. Due to injuries and the competitive nature of the young guys, they were able to come in and work hard, and I’m excited about how they’re working.”

Sophomore quarterback Baker Mayfield led the White team, completing all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and throwing a game-high two touchdowns. Mayfield’s first touchdown came in the second quarter on an 8-yard toss to tight end Taylor McNamara, while his second was a 28-yard completion to Jordan Smallwood in the third.

The day’s first score came with 7:22 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard pass from Cody Thomas to McNamara, giving the White team an early 7-0 advantage, a lead it would hold for the remainder of the game.

With 7:23 left in the second quarter, quarterback Justice Hansen threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Austin Bennett, cutting the White team’s lead to 14-10.

Michael Hunnicutt then added a 47-yard field goal with 3:43 left in the half, bringing the score to 14-13 in favor of the White team. Hunnicutt also connected on a 52-yard field goal earlier in the game.

Bennett was the game’s leading receiver with four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Jordan Smallwood recorded 60 yards on three catches and a score.

Justice Hansen finished the game with 58 yards on 4-of-8 passing with one touchdown and two interceptions, while Thomas went 5-of-9 passing for 54 yards. Trevor Knight tallied 53 yards on 5-of-14 passing with one interception.

Ogbonnia Okoronkwo picked off Hansen in the fourth quarter and returned it 39 yards to the 2-yard line, setting up the game’s final score, a rush from David Smith. Smith finished the game with 30 yards on nine carries.

With 67 yards on eight carries, Daniel Brooks was the game’s leading rusher, and Keith Ford added 29 yards on nine carries.

Ruben Hunter led the defense with nine tackles, while Aaron Franklin added five and grabbed an interception. Jordan Wade also had an interception, and Eric Striker recorded two sacks on back-to-back plays for 15 yards.

During pregame, an on-the-field ceremony and highlight segment recognized the Sooners’ for their Sugar Bowl win over Alabama, continuing the enthusiasm that has been with the program since the game.

“Hopefully our kids understand that they’re only going to be as good as their next performance,” co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said. “I do think that the energy is a positive thing for this program. Our kids understand that we’re not that far away from being where we want to be. They’re pushing for it every day.“

The Sooners will open the 2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 30, at home against Louisiana Tech. 



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