Monday, April 23, 2012
Recapping Ole Miss' spring game
By Edward Aschoff
Approximately 25,000 showed up in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday, as Ole Miss' Red team needed overtime to top the Blue team 24-23 in the BancorpSouth Grove Bowl.
Both teams operated very differently Saturday, as the Red team came out throwing while the Blue team used its ground game. Junior college transfer quarterback Bo Wallace threw a game-high 240 passing yards (16-of-26) with two touchdowns and an interception for the Red squad. Blue team quarterback Barry Brunetti ran the ball 14 times for 109 yards, including a long of 78 yards that set up the Blue's game-tying touchdown that forced overtime.
Though Brunetti only threw for 62 yards on 4 of 10 passing, it sounds like Ole Miss' quarterback job won't be settled until the fall.
Wallace got things started for the Red team when he capped an 80-yard drive early in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown pass to receiver Donte Moncrief, who finished the game with three catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
The Blue later tied the game at 10 in the third quarter when quarterback Randall Mackey connected with receiver Ja-Mes Logan on a 19-yard pass. These two hooked up again for a 25-yard touchdown in overtime as well, as Logan finished the game with 88 receiving yards.
Wallace's 13-yard touchdown run in the third put the Red back up 17-10, but the Blue tied it late in the fourth on a 2-yard run by running back Devin Thomas.
Wallace hit Moncrief for a 23-yard touchdown to start overtime before Mackey's touchdown strike to Logan. The Blue team went for the win with a two-point conversion attempt, but Mackey's run was stopped short.
Blue linebacker C.J. Johnson had a game-high eight tackles and recorded a sack, while Red defensive linemen Carlos Thompson and Carlton Martin both registered two sacks. Junior college transfer cornerback Dehendret Collins recorded two interceptions.
You can check out more on Ole Miss' spring game on the school's official website.