April 25, 2009
Live from Nippert:
The band just ran down the steps and are now playing on the field. So, I guess UC is really going to do this spring game.
Here's the structure of the game:
Offense: Touchdown = 6 points, Field goal = 3, Extra point = 1, Every first down = 1, 4th down conversion = 2 points.
Defense: Score = 9 points, Safety = 2, Missed field goal = 3, Missed extra point = 1, Every third down stop = 1, Fourth down stop = 2, Turnover = 3, TFL or sack = 1.
Kazeem Alli opens the game by dropping a Tony Pike pass.
Starting defense: Drew Frey, Derek Wolfe, Marcus Waugh, Robby Armstrong, John Hughes, J.K. Schaefer, Aaron Webster, Brad Jones, Curtis Young, Ricardo Matthews, Marcus Barnett.
Since they went four and out, I missed the starting offense. But you should know by know.
Second team offense did even less than the first team. It loses six yards, and punterJake Rogers punts from the end zone. Rolls to the opposite 49-yard line.
I'm using the twitter and the blog, and I'm having a hard time keeping up. On third and seven, Pike to Woods, but he's topped short of the fourth down. The offense will go for it on the defense's 31-yard line. Fourth and two. Pike to Gilyard for the first down.
It'll be third and 5 from the defense 13. Another first down for Pike, to Binns. It'll be first and goal from the 3. And it's looking like the offense is going to take the lead. It won't be on a Pead carry, though. Stuffed at the goal line. Play action pass to Guidugli for the TD. After the Rogers field goal, it'll be Offense 12, Defense 7.
Well, how about that. Zach Collaros finds Danny Milligan, who had scooted behind the defense for a 65-yard TD. That was a nice pass and a nice catch.
Nice run by John Goebel, who breaks off a 15-yard run. Defense is playing rather porously right now. Little option pitch from Pike to Pead. It goes nowhere.
Tony Pike can be two places at once. He was just being interviewed on the big screen, and then he made a really nice pass to Mardy Gilyard for like a 40-yard gain. So far, Pike is 12 of 16 for 110 yards and a TD.
Wow, Demetrius Jones and Jason Kelce throwing punches at each other after the play. I mean, they were legitimate roundhouse punches. Scoring update: Offense 21, Defense 9
Rogers from 47 yards out. Nails it.
End first quarter Binns making some nice plays. It'd be interesting to see what would happen if Pike wasn't wearing a no-contact jersey. B/c the defense is getting some pressure on him.
A lot of people in here anxiously waiting to see if Connor Barwin is getting drafted today. I hear Chris Berman in the distance, so I will not be paying attention.
Vidal Hazelton makes his second catch of the day.
Fumble by Pike, and Ricardo Matthews recovers. It's 26-17, offense.
Bengals on the clock. Barwin is available.
Third and short on the defense 17-yard line. Collaros is stuffed. Fourth and one. Danny Milligan in for the 32-yard FG. Got it. Scoring update: Offense 31, defense 19.
Yes, that was an obvious pass interference call on Marcus Barnett. Six flags on the field. D.J. Woods slow to rise.
Brad Jones with the pass interference. Aside from the first two series, the defense has struggled a bit. Milligan with the 51-yard field goal. A little short, a little to the left. Offense 34, Defense 24.
Sorry for the delay. Talking to an old buddy in the press box who I haven't seen in a while. Speaking of which, we have a couple of national guys here - Andy Staples of SI, and Dave Curtis of Sporting News.
Connor Barwin, as you probably know, was drafted in the second round by the Texans. The fans gave him a nice audition.
Attendance has been generously announced at 12,491.