Cardinal Defeats White, 24-6 in Annual Spring Game

April 12, 2008

STANFORD, Calif.- Quarterbacks Alex Loukas and Jason Forcier tossed one touchdown apiece while running back Blaise Johnson scored on a three-yard run to lead the Cardinal to a 24-6 win over the White in the annual Spring Game tonight at Stanford Stadium.

Tavita Pritchard, quarterbacking the White team, finished the game completing 12 of 28 passes for 106 yards. Wide receiver Richard Sherman caught nine passes for 96 yards for the White squad.

Forcier finished the game completing seven passes for 116 yards. Loukas was 2 for 5 for 39 yards. He was also used as a wide out and caught three passes for 39 yards and picked up 30 yards on the ground a fake punt in the second quarter.

Defensively, Ronnie Lott Trophy candidate Bo McNally had two interceptions and Pannel Egboh, Thaddeus Chase, Derek Hall and Nick Macaluso added had a sack each.

Placekicker Aaron Zagory made both of his field goal attempts for the White team, connecting on efforts of 21 and 22 yards.

The Cardinal opened the scoring at 9:14 in the first period, as Loukas found wide receiver Doug Baldwin for a 35 yard touchdown pass. David Greed added the PAT to give the Cardinal a 7-0 lead. Anthony Kimble contributed a 15 yard rush on the scoring drive. Kimble finished the game with 35 yards on three carries.

The White cut the lead to 7-3 on a Aaron Zagory 21-yard field goal with 2:19 left before half. Green answered with a 22-yard field goal of his own to give the Cardinal a 10-3 lead at half.

Zagory added his second field goal of the night at the 8:22 mark of the third period to cut the Cardinal lead to 10-6. With 3:23 left in the third quarter, Forcier connected with Ryan Whalen on a 33-yard touchdown that gave the Cardinal a 17-6 lead.

Johnson closed the scoring for the Cardinal with a three-yard touchdown run with 3:23 left in the game.

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh praised the quarterback play following the game. 'All of the quarterbacks played well. Loukas was the difference in the game with his receiving, running and passing. Forcier and Pritchard also did some good things. I was impressed with all three of them.'

Harbaugh would not name a favorite for the starting role heading into falls drills. 'We should have a better idea somewhere between 7 to 10 practices into fall camp.'

Pritchard remains confident of securing his the starting role come fall. 'It will still be a battle. We are all working hard and getting reps to improve. I want to be as consistent as possible.'

Pritchard also gave high praise to Sherman, who is looking to emerge as the featured receiver in the Cardinal passing attack following the graduation of Mark Bradford. 'He's a playmaker. He will get balls for you, that's for sure. Baldwin and Whalen are improving, as well. We need depth at that position.'

Stanford opens the 2008 regular season on August 28 against Oregon State at Stanford Stadium. Other home dates are scheduled against San Jose State (Sept. 20), Arizona (Oct. 11--Homecoming), Washington State (Nov. 1) and USC (Nov. 15) with road contests slated for Arizona State (Sept. 6), Texas Christian (Sept. 13), Washington (Sept. 27), Notre Dame (Oct. 4), UCLA (Oct. 18), Oregon (Nov. 8) and California (Nov. 22).

For ticket information for the 2008 season, please go to gostanford.com or call 1-800-STANFORD.

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