Green Team Dominates White Team in Spring's Football Finale
April 27, 2002
PORTLAND - Junior quarterback Jason Fife completed 12 of 15 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns and the defense returned a pair of late interceptions to the end zone to spark the Green Team's 51-3 domination over the White Team in Oregon's annual intrasquad Spring Game Saturday afternoon at PGE Park.
Fife, who has been engaged in a battle with freshman Kellen Clemens to replace departed Heisman Trophy finalist Joey Harrington as the Ducks' starting quarterback, looked sharp while putting points on the scoreboard in each of his five series under center. After his first drive was capped by a 26-yard field goal by Jared Siegel, he completed two scoring passes to wide receiver Samie Parker and one each to tailback Onterrio Smith and tight end George Wrighster.
Clemens was successful on eight of 13 attempts for 72 yards and one touchdown to receiver Keith Allen.
The margin of victory came as little surprise as the Green Team was made up of Oregon's first-team offense and defense against the remainder of the squad.
'The guys I expected to make plays did,' said head coach Mike Bellotti. 'I have been pleased with Jason's progress all spring as he as shown signs of improvement every practice. But that is somewhat to be expected from a junior.'
Fife played a key role in keeping his longest touchdown drive of 69 yards alive. He sandwiched a 19-yard completion to Wrighster and his own third-down 32-yard run around a pair of short runs by Smith before completing a scoring pass to the starting tailback, which featured the returning 1,000-yard rusher bowling over a defensive back at the goal line.
Smith finished the scrimmage rushing for 29 yards on only six carries.
Ryan Shaw led all rushers with 46 yards on 15 carries while splitting time with both teams. He gained 37 yards on seven carries in the second half running behind the first-team's offensive line.
Parker led all receivers with seven catches for 143 yards, including TD catches of 39 and 29 yards.
The Green Team's defense held the White Team to only 104 yards total offense, with quarterback Scott Vossmeyer completing five of 11 passes for 51 yards in addition to running for 17 yards.
'Much like this time last year, we have the makings of a pretty good football team,' Bellotti said. 'Whatever happens from now on will make the difference in the kind of season we have. Now, it's up to (the players).'
SCORE BY QUARTERS
White 0 3 0 0 - 3
Green 9 21 7 14 - 51
Green - Jared Siegel 26 FG, 11:49, 1st
Green - Samie Parker 39 pass from Jason Fife (kick failed), 6:10, 1st
Green - Onterrio Smith 10 pass from Fife (Siegel kick good), 12:04, 2nd
White - Jose Arroyo 50 FG, 8:37, 2nd
Green - Parker 29 pass from Fife (Siegel kick good), 5:38, 2nd
Green - Keith Allen 13 pass from Kellen Clemens (Siegel kick good), :15, 2nd
Green - George Wrighster 24 pass from Fife (Arroyo kick good), 8:00, 3rd
Green - Stephen Clayton 57 interception return (Siegel kick good), 9:45, 4th
Green - Justin Phinisee 45 interception return (Arroyo kick good), 6:05, 4th
Rushing - (W) Vossmeyer 6-17, Stray 5-14, Shaw 8-9, Loftin 5-5, Kennedy 2-1; (G) Shaw 7-37, Amundson 10-36, Fife 2-32, Smith 6-29, Floberg 2-5, Clemens 6- -30.
Passing - (W) Vossmeyer 5-11-1 51 yds., Kennedy 1-5-2 7 yds.; (G) Fife 12-15-0 217 yds. 4 TD, Clemens 8-13-0 72 yds. 1 TD.
Receiving - (W) Daniels 2-27, Day 1-13, Salazar 1-7, Williams 1-6, Loftin 1-5; (G) Parker 7-143-2, Allen 4-30-1, Wrighster 2-43-1, Floberg 2-33, Rogers 2-26, Smith 1-10-1, Williams 1-6, Amundson 1- -2.
Tackles - (W) Johnson 3-6 9, Matson 2-6 8, Tucker 4-2 6, Favroth 3-3 6, Clayton 3-3 6; (G) Olshansky 3-6 9, Webster 3-5 8, Moretti 2-4 6, Smalley 1-4 5, Cheney 1-4 5.