Grand Forks, N.D. - Linebacker Cordero Finley scored a defensive touchdown and added a safety, while wide receiver Kenny Golladay scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the White Team to a 24-14 victory over the Green Team on Saturday in North Dakota's annual Spring Game at the Alerus Center.
Golladay led all receivers with six catches for 78 yards and a 17-yard touchdown reception and also added an 8-yard rushing score. White Team quarter Joe Mollberg went 14-for-20 for 153 yards and the throwing strike to Golladay.
Green Team quarterback Ryan Bartels went 9-for-10 for 79 yards and a touchdown, but was also credited with two fumbles.
"I was pleased with the way both teams played," UND head coach Chris Mussman said. "Our progression through these last two weeks has been good.
After redshirt freshman Joe Mollberg and the White Team offense was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 4-yard line, Finley recovered a fumble in the end zone two plays later to put his team on the scoreboard.
Senior Seth Stanchik forced a fumble of quarterback Ryan Bartels and Finley was there to fall on the loose ball for the first six points of the game. Golladay would haul in a 2-point conversion pass from Mollberg to put the White ahead 8-0.
Bartels would regroup on the Green Team's next possession, marching his squad 65 yards on a five-play drive that was capped by a 33-yard touchdown reception by sophomore Jameer Jackson. Jackson would haul in the 2-point conversion to even things at 8-8.
There was no kicking at all in the contest that featured four, 12-minute running periods.
After the team exchanges touchdowns, Mollberg led the White Team on a 65-yard drive of its own that was capped by a 17-yard fade route to Golladay. This time the two 2-point conversion was missed, leaving the score at 14-8.
"Kenny has an opportunity to be special," Mussman added. "Our depth at wide receiver is a nice problem to have. We have five quality receivers we can run out there and that is going to be a nice luxury to have."
Jake Hanson was the third quarterback in the contest and he split reps with both teams. He moved the Green Team on his first crack behind center down to the White Team's 34-yard line, but sophomore Will Ratelle came up with the first sack of the game (quarterbacks were not live, so all it took was them to be tagged for the whistle to blow).
Hanson missed on a 4th-down conversion, leaving the White Team one more chance before halftime. But, now quarterbacking for the opposite side, Hanson had a third-down pass batted in the air by Spencer Cummings and Alex Nelson came up with the lone interception of the game.
Junior Jer Garman opened the second half with two nice runs, netting 24 yards for the Green Team, but a backwards pass from Bartels to Pat Brown was not handled cleanly and Javen Butler was there to fall on the fumble for the White Team.
"I liked what I saw from both defenses," Mussman said. "We gave up some deep balls, but that is going to happen. I liked that we forced some turnovers - that is one thing we have really been preaching this spring. We got some critical stops in the red zone, so overall I thought it was a pretty good day on that side of the ball."
Mollberg would march his team down the field on a 10-play drive that was capped by an 8-yard reverse run for a touchdown by Golladay. He added a little excitement for the crowd by dunking the ball over the goalpost.
The Big Ten officials whistled him for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the White Team was still able to convert the 2-point conversion from the 18-yard line. Senior Blair Townsend made a tremendous diving catch to secure the two points and put his team in the lead at 22-8.
"Kenny was just having fun and entertaining the crowd and adding a little fun to the Spring Game," Mussman said. "He knows he can't do that in the regular season."
The White Team held the Green Team on downs during the next series, then used the rushing effort by sophomore Kodee Varner to threaten to score again.
Varner had five carries for 35 yards on the drive that started at the its own 44-yard line, but a offensive pass interference call on Casey Young negated a touchdown and the Green Team was able to hold its foe out of the end zone.
After a false start penalty backed the Green Team down to its own 3-yard line, Finley got by an offensive lineman and was credited with a safety and sack of Hanson in the end zone. Finley's seven and eighth points of the game put his team ahead 24-8 with under two minutes to play in the contest.
Hanson connected with sophomore Romon Bridges for the longest play from the scrimmage, hitting the speedy wideout in stride for a 51-yard touchdown reception. Bridges, who is about seven inches shorter than Golladay, mocked his White Team opponent by doing a layup over the goal post after his long score.
The White Team took a knee on its next play and finished off the 24-14 victory.
White 8-0 Finley 0-yard fumble recovery (Golladay pass 2-point Conversion)
Green 8-8 Jackson 33-yard reception from Bartels (Jackson pass 2-point Conversion)
White 14-8 Gollday 17-yard reception from Mollberg (Pass failed)
White 22-8 Golladay 8-yard run (Townsend pass 2-point Conversion)
White 24-8 Finley safety
Green 24-14 Bridges 51-yard pass from Hanson (Pass failed)
Joe Mollberg (14-for-20, 153 yards, TD)
Jake Hanson (1-for-3, 7 yards, 1 INT)
Kodee Varner (13 rushes for 66 yards)
Joe Mollberg (3 rushes for 14 yards)
Kenny Golladay (1 rush for 8 yards, TD)
Kenny Golladay (Six receptions for 78 yards, 1 TD, 2-pt Conversion)
Blair Townsend (Three receptions for 31 yards, 2-pt Conversion)
Casey Young (Three receptions for 26 yards)
Anthony Fletcher (Three receptions for 12 yards)
Defense (S-A-T Tackles)
Garrett Reineke (3-1-4), Alex Hickel (3-0-3), Cordero Finley (1-0-1, FR, Sack (safety)), Dan Konowalski (2-0-2), Devin Boyle (1-1-2), TyrheIvery (1-1-2), Derrick Goard (1-0-1), Will Ratelle (2-0-2, Sack), Ben Henson (1-0-1), Jake Watson (1-0-1), Javen Butler (1-0-1, FR), Hall (0-1-1)
Ryan Bartels (9-for-10, 78 yards, TD)
Jake Hanson (3-for-4, 69 yards, TD)
Jer Garman (4 rushes for 38 yards)Adam Shaugabay (3 rushes for 29 yards)
Ryan Bartels (2 rushes, -9 yards, two fumbles)
Romon Bridges (Four receptions, 74 yards, TD)
Jameer Jackson (Three receptions, 46 yards, TD, 2-pt Conversion)
Greg Hardin (Two receptions, 15 yards)
Adam Shaugabay (One reception, 9 yards)
Pat Brown (One reception, 6 yards)
Jer Garman (One reception, -2 yards)
Defense (S-A-T Tackles)
Maverick Edmunds (6-2-8), Chavon Mackey (2-3-5), Ben Peters (2-2-4), William James (3-0-3), Rumeal Harris (1-2-3), Brian Otto (1-2-3), Dominique Bennett (1-1-2), E.J. Welch (1-0-1, Sack), Spencer Cummings (2-1-3, PBU), Taj Rich (1-0-1, PBU), Dillon Olson (0-1-0), Alex Nelson (2-0-2, INT), Jake McElroy (1-1-2), Dayo Idowu (1-2-3, TFL)
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