Blues Run Away with Spring Game, 57-22

March 31, 2012

Lovett Gibson and Charles Ross provided the biggest plays, while Taylor McHargue and Driphus Jackson took their turns running the show as the Blues defeated the Grays 57-22 in the annual Spring Game at Rice Stadium on Friday night.

Gibson danced and darted his way to 104 yards on just three receptions, including a 53-yard connection for the game's first score while Ross continued an impressive spring by blasting through for 97 yards rushing on only six carries. McHargue (10-19) and Jackson (8-17) each finished with 117 yards on the night. Redshirt freshman Guy Billups, who delivered the 53-yard touchdown to Gibson, finished with 64 yards (3-5), while junior Michael Poynter connected on both of his passes for 10 yards.

The Blue team was made up of the Owls offensive players, while the defense represented the Gray. In addition to touchdowns and field goals, points were also awarded on offense for explosive plays, while the defenders were awarded points for sacks, tackles for loss, three and outs, and holding the offense scoreless inside the red zone.

The Owls combined for 309 yards through the air and added 270 rushing yards on 43 carries. Ross scored the game's second TD on an 18-yard rumble up the east sideline, blasting through several defenders to reach the end zone. He later set up a Turner Petersen 1-yard score with another powerful burst and set up the final touchdown of the night with a third run.

Junior placekicker Chris Boswell kicked field goals from 56 and 48 yards while also handling the majority of the punting chores as the Owls look to replace career record holder Kyle Martens.



Paul Porras led the defense with seven tackles, followed by Jaylon Finner and Kyle Prater, who had five each. Linebacker James Radcliffe had the game's lone interception, while Jared Williams, Ross Winship, Michael Kutzler and Nick Elder were each credited with a sack.

The Owls will have two final practices next week to wrap up Spring Drills. They will be back on the field the first week of August when they begin preparations for the 2012 season opener against UCLA.

Charles Ross 6-97 1 TD
Taylor McHargue 8-60 1 TD
Broderick Jackson 8-53
Turner Petersen 3-17 1 TD
Michael Poynter 2- 16
Driphus Jackson 10-13 1 TD
Guy Billups 3-1
Vance McDonald 1-9
Sam McGuffie 2-4

Taylor McHargue 10-19-1 117 yards
Driphus Jackson 8-17-0 117 yards
Guy Billups 3-5-0 65 1 TD yards
Michael Poynter 2-2-0 10 yards

Lovett Gibson 3-104 1 TD
Christian Fletcher 1-45
Vance McDonald 3-33
Andre Gautreaux 3-29
Luke Willson 3-25
Taylor Cook 1-18
Sam McGuffie 2-16
Jordan Taylor 1-14
Klein Kubiak 2-11
Donte Moore 1-8
Tanyan Farley 1-4
Turner Petersen 1-2



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