Tigers Close Spring Season With Solid Showing In Black & Gold Game

Derrick Washington

Derrick Washington

April 17, 2010

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Senior TB Derrick Washington closed out an impressive spring camp with a 9-yard touchdown run and sophomore DE Brad Madison scored on a fumble return to highlight the scoring in the 2010 Black & Gold Spring Game, played Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, before approximately 15,000 fans.

The first half pitted the #1 units on both sides of the ball against the rest of the team, with the reserves being staked to a 14-0 lead before play started.  The starters came back to forge a 14-all tie at halftime, at which point the score went back to 0-0 and a new scoring system was put in place which featured a unique point system pitting the offense against the defense.  The defense won the second half by a 34-6 count in a system that awarded each side varying amounts of points for certain plays such as turnovers gained, first downs gained, tackles for loss, 20-yard plays, etc.

In the first half, the starters were kept off the board until the last play of the first quarter, when sophomore DE Aldon Smith burst around left end for a sack of true freshman QB James Franklin deep inside reserve territory, forcing a fumble in the process.  Madison, who was named the team's most improved defensive lineman at halftime, scooped up the ball at the 14-yardline and rambled in behind a cadre of blockers for the score.  Grant Ressel's extra point made it 14-7 to start the second quarter.

The first string defense, bolstered by interceptions from starting CBs Kevin Rutland and Carl Gettis, kept the reserves from moving the ball consistently in the first half, and the offense, led by junior QB Blaine Gabbert, pitched in with an impressive drive late in the second quarter. 

Gabbert himself appeared to have scored on a keeper for a 47-yard touchdown run, but officials ruled him down on the 19-yardline, as his green jersey designated that he was not to be tackled, but rather ruled down whenever tagged above the waist.  Undaunted by the ruling, the offense scored four plays later when Washington scampered in from 9-yards out with 0:52 seconds left to forge the tie.  Washington would end the day with 28 rushing yards on 6 carries, while Gabbert led all ball carriers with 29 yards on 3 attempts, and he added an 8-of-15 passing day for 82 yards.

Sophomore WR T.J. Moe led all receivers with 12 receptions for 85 yards.  Junior LB Will Ebner and senior S Jarrell Harrison also added interceptions to give the defense four picks on the day overall.

Next up for the Tigers is a strong close to the 2010 spring academic year, after which time a majority of the team will stay in Columbia for voluntary summer conditioning workouts.  Two-a-days get started in early August, and that all leads up to the 2010 season opener against rival Illinois, set for Sept. 4th in St. Louis, Mo. at the Edward Jones Dome.  The 2010 home opener is set for Sept. 11th against McNeese State.

For information on 2010 season tickets, please call the MU Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Columbia).



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