White Downs Black in Annual Spring Game
May 1, 2004
Corvallis, Ore. - A sun-baked crowd of 8,340 witnessed a historic day in Oregon State University athletics as the annual spring football game was played at Reser Stadium Saturday. The historic event was groundbreaking for the expansion of the stadium, which will raise the capacity to 43,000 for the start of the 2005 season.
On the field, the White team defeated the Black 17-0 in a game dominated by the defense. Both teams, equally divided among projected first and second team players, combined for 295 yards of offense.
'Nothing new appeared in the scrimmage that the coaching staff wasn't already aware of,' head coach Mike Riley said. 'We've got a lot of work to do in certain areas, and that would include our receiving corps. We also need to shore up our offensive line early in fall camp. Those are two areas for sure that need some attention, but you can say every area needs work.'
The White defense scored one of the two touchdowns in the game, as linebacker Derrick Doggett returned an Adam Rothenfluh interception 55 yards for a third quarter score to make it 10-0. Receiver Mike Hass concluded the scoring on a 13-yard pass from Ryan Gunderson early in the fourth quarter. The touchdown came one play after Hass and Gunderson combined for a 65-yard pass play, the longest of the day.
The only score in the first half was an Alexis Serna 30-yard field goal in the opening quarter. Serna's kick culminated a 13-play 42-yard drive that was engineered by starting quarterback Derek Anderson.
Senior defensive end Bill Swancutt was a dominating force for the White. Swancutt accounted for three-and-a-half sacks and pressured quarterbacks constantly.
'Bill changed the whole scrimmage, he's just a very difficult individual to block,' Riley said. 'Bill plays hard every play whether it's in practice or in a game.'
Statistically, Ryan Cole led the running backs with 59 yards on 18 carries. Gunderson, who saw action on both teams, completed six of 12 pass attempts for 114 yards and one touchdown, and Derek Anderson completed eight of 21 (3 drops) for 86 yards. Hass and Cole each made three receptions.
Halftime featured a fireworks and mortar display, plus speeches from OSU President Ed Ray, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis and Riley. The official groundbreaking also included the OSU senior football players and a ceremonial shovel display. Construction will begin almost immediately on the east side of the stadium.
Oregon State will begin practicing for the 2004 season on Aug. 10 or 11.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 FinalBlack 0 0 0 0 0White 3 0 7 7 17
1-Alexis Serna 30-yard FG3-Derrick Doggett 55-yard INT return (Serna kick)4-Mike Hass 13-yard pass from Ryan Gunderson (Serna kick
Team Stats White Black
First Downs 13 8 Rushing 3 1 Passing 9 6 Penalty 1 1Rushing Attempts 28 23Net Yards Rushing 65 3New Yards Passing 205 90Passes Attempted 34 26Passes Completed 12 12Had Intercepted 0 1Total Net Yards 270 93Fumbles/Lost 1-1 1-1Penalties/Yards 6-50 5-27
Receiving: (PC-Yds-TD) Josh Hawkins 1-3-0; George Gillett 2-43-0; Brandon Robinson, 1-7-0; Carl Appleton 2-7-0; Brandon Powers 1-2-0; Dan Haines 2-20-0; Jeremy Weldon 1-4-0; Dwight Wright 2-4-0 Totals 12-90-0