April 2, 2011
RUSTON - Colby Cameron threw for 275 yards and five touchdowns to lead Louisiana Tech's Blue Team to a 35-6 win over the White Team during its annual T-Day Spring Game held Saturday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.
In a game that pitted the Tech starters - both offensively and defensively - against the rest of the roster, the starters dominated from the opening kick en route to the 29-point win.
"We threw the backups to the wolves today as we threw them against the first team," said Tech head coach Sonny Dykes. "This was okay; typical spring game. There are always some negatives and some things you want to work on, and at times it gets sloppy. We had some of that today, but we also had a lot of good things.
"It's been a very good spring. We had a very full competitive practice yesterday because we thought we could get more out of it than we would the spring game today. I thought that might take its toll today, and I think it did somewhat. I'm like every head coach in the country --- it's nice to have a spring game to find out about guys who want to compete and those who don't."
Cameron, who made a handful of starts at quarterback last year for the Bulldogs before giving way to Ross Jenkins, completed 19-of-29 passes in the game while spreading his five scoring tosses to five different receivers.
Newcomer Quinton Patton was the recipient of the first one on a 10-yard fade to the right corner of the endzone on the second possession of the game for the Blue Team as it capped a seven-play, 45-yard scoring drive. Matt Nelson's extra point made the score 7-0.
Late in the first quarter, Cameron hit David Gru for a 20-yard scoring strike, capping another seven-play drive that covered 61 yards as the lead grew to 14-0 through one quarter.
"I thought Colby was a little out of sync early, but once he settled down I thought he did a lot of good things," Dykes said. "He is certainly our No. 1 coming of spring training. He is definitely the guy now. The good thing is that there have been many times before that we've come out of spring with one guy as the starters and by the time the season starts, it's someone else. Colby will have to continue to hold everyone off. We will just have to see how it all plays out. The great thing is competition makes everyone better."
While Cameron and the Blue Team offense began to find its rhythm, the defense dominated from start to finish, holding the White Team to a total of only 153 yards and only three first downs on 51 plays in the entire game.
"I thought we flew around defensively," Dykes said. "I thought the first team defense played with a lot of pride. They competed hard, and had good position on the ball. They gave up the long play at the end of the half which has been an issue at times during the spring. It's just one of those things were we are glad we have it on film, we can learn from it and not make the same mistake in the fall."
After Cameron tossed a four-yard touchdown strike to Richie Casey and a 70-yard run and catch to Lennon Creer to make the score 28-0 in the second quarter, the White Team finally found paydirt when Zach Griffith found Jacarri Jackson for a 65-yard score with 1:25 to play in the second quarter. The extra point was missed as the Blue Team took a 28-6 lead into the halftime locker room.
The final two quarters went quickly as a running clock was used for all 30 minutes. The only score during the second half came on a four-yard scoring pass from Cameron to Andrew Guillot with 10:09 to play in the third quarter. It was the final series of the game for Cameron.
Dykes said that he was pleased with spring drills.
"The guys worked hard," Dykes said. "We look like a completely different team than last year. We are further along in every way, our execution was better and our intensity was better. It was competitive. We have a lot more players competing for positions than in the past. Overall I thought it was an excellent spring. One of the best I've ever seen or been a part of. We have to continue to push forward and grow. This team's success will depend on what happens between now and when we report in the fall."
In addition to Cameron's day under center, Griffith completed 8-of-18 passes for 116 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Taylor Burch was 7-of-18 for 30 yards.
Creer led Tech on the ground with 50 yards on nine carries while Tyronne Duplessis added 28 yards on six carries.
Creer also led all receivers with five catches for 111 yards and a score. Richie Casey (5-50, 1 TD), Gru (4-43, 1 TD), and Jackson (3-69, 1 TD) also had solid contributions through the air.
Defensively, Dusty Rust (8 tackles), Matt Broha (6 tackles, 2 TFL), Jay Dudley (6 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 PBU), IK Enemkpali (5 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack), Blasher Saintvil (6 tackles, 1 TFL), Kendall Hayes (6 tackles, and Dave Clark (2 interceptions) were some of the main contributors for both sides.