With a chance of rain in the air, Spartan Green held on to win 17-10 over Spartan White in the final spring practice session of the 2010 season.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins went 10-15 for 254 yards and a touchdown to B.J. Cunningham as the Green went to the air and played tough defense hanging on for the win.
Green head coach Mike Tressel spoke about the win.
“It was a little too close at the end considering I felt we played well the whole day long. I think our seniors for the Green team made a good decision in picking Kirk Cousins with the first pick. The defensive line played real well and it was a fun game.”
While Cousins was key to the offense, young players like Denicos Allen and Steve Gardiner each recorded 7 tackles with Allen having two sacks and Gardiner with one.
Also playing well for the Green was Chris L. Rucker and Trent Robinson who both posted five tackles.
The game got off to a slow start with a scoreless first quarter before Cousins hit Cunningham with an 18 yard pass that saw the junior wide receiver dive over a tackle for the score.
The Green would strike again in the third quarter with Kevin Muma hitting on a 19 yard field goal.
The White was coached by Dave Warner and the Spartans quarterback coach was happy with his teams effort.
“Our biggest problem was not being able to establish a running game. Overall we had a chance to win or tie in the fourth quarter but unfortunately, I’m the head coach of the losing team.”
Freshman quarterback Andrew Maxwell showed his youth going 18-of-34 for 244 yards and one score hitting Edwin Baker late in the 4th quarter for a 17 yard touchdown. With a makeshift offensive line the White struggled keeping the Green off of Maxwell as he was sacked four times on the day.
As Warner explained, not being able to run the ball proved costly as the White would gain only 21 yards on 20 carries.
On defense the White saw Patrick White step up with six tackles and Johnny Adams would record two sacks.
After the game head coach Mark Dantonio spoke with the media about his teams day.
“I felt it was a great game for our football team. I think our leadership has been very good and was evident out there today. When you look at the performance of our guys you can see we have good skill with some guys that can catch the football and a couple of quarterbacks that played very well.”
When it came to the overall performance of his defense, the Spartans head man was optimistic about his teams performance.
“We played hard and played well on third down. We stopped the run more efficiently and I felt the defense played going down hill.”
With the final day of spring over, Dantonio is excited about the upcoming months and ready for August to come when the team will come back and get to work toward winning a Big Ten Championship.