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Courtesy: USF Athletics

Offense Victorious in USF Spring Game, 31-19

Courtesy: USF Athletics
          Release: 04/28/2012
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Despite a valiant fourth quarter surge by the defense (black), the offense squad claimed the 2012 Spring Game with a 31-19 victory today at Bob Young Field. The game was played fairly even, as the black team tallied 11 third down stops allowing just one touchdown score by the offense.

The scoring format consisted of offensive points on touchdowns (six points), extra points (one point), field goal conversions (three points), and first downs (one point), which accounted for majority of the offensive scoring today.

Defensively, the black team received points for third down stops (one point), sacks (two points), turnovers (four points), defensive scores (10 points) and extra points (one point) as well.

Michael Lindsey's electrifying 83 yard kick-off return to begin the scrimmage was maybe the most exciting seconds of the game. His opening score gave fans a preview of what to expect on special teams, but did not count towards the game's scoring.

Defense put the first points on the board, forcing a three and out.

With Calvin Jacobson under center on the ensuing drive, White got on the board picking up two first downs before settling for an impressive 50 yard field goal by senior kicker Braden Wieking to take a 5-2 lead near the six minute mark.

A defensive sack by Eric Anderson to made it 6-4. However, the offense responded with another first down conversion and field goal. The drive marked Wieking's second field goal on the day. The score read 10-5 with 11:20 left in the second quarter.

The White team finally found the end zone with a little more than four minutes remaining in the first half, when Taylor Klein snatched a nine yard Jacobsen pass out the defenders hand to go ahead 19-5.

Taylor Perkins returned under center as the offense tested out their two-minute drill to end the half. Their drive proved to be successful, as Wieking nailed a 33 yard field goal, sending the offense into the locker room up 26-5.

The black team forced three consecutive three and outs and two sacks to open the second half, closing the gap to 26-10 with nine minutes to play in the third.

Defense shut White down again with three minutes left in the third quarter, when freshman linebacker, Clint Wilson sacked Jacobsen, making it 26-12.

Nearly 15 minutes after the break, the offense found a little breathing room, when Perkins targeted Mitch Dunbar for a 13 yard strike across the middle to extend their lead to 27-12 heading into the fourth quarter.

Building on that momentum, the offense paced the final period with three consecutive first down conversions, making for a 30-13 game with seven minutes to go.

Highlighted by Redshirt freshman Solomon St. Pierre's big-time interception in the corner of the end-zone near the four minute mark, the defense piece a solid run forcing a turnover and back-to-back stops to pull within 14 points before falling, 31-18.

Wieking accounted for a significant amount of the offensive scoring. He connected on all three attempts, including a 50 yarder early in the game.

Perkins finished 9-19 for 73 yards, while Jacobson recorded eight completions on 18 attempts for 84 yards and the game's only touchdown.

Linebackers Eric Anderson and Clint Wilson lead the way on defense. Anderson tallied a game-high seven tackles, including two sacks, while Wilson recorded five tackles and one sack as well.

The spring game concludes the Cougars' spring season.

USF begins its season Thursday, Aug. 30, when they travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to face 2011 NSIC Co-Champions, St. Cloud State University in the school's first-ever meeting on the gridiron.
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