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SALT LAKE CITY--Even with many of the starters sitting out, Utah's annual Red-White game proved entertaining for some 4,500 fans in attendance in Rice-Eccles Stadium. The White team jumped out to an 18-0 lead and then held on to win 18-10.
Honorary coach Eric Weddle - in town from San Diego, where he recently finished his first season as a Charger defensive back - inadvertently participated in the highlight play of the day. After quarterback Chad Manis ran it in from five yards out for a White score, Weddle attempted a PAT, which was blocked. Justin Taplin-Ross scooped up the ball and ran a dozen yards before pitching it off to Sean Smith. With a t-shirt and shorts-clad Weddle chasing him, Smith ran 50 yards into the end zone.
It was a long run for a rare defensive extra point score - and Smith not only didn't receive any yards on the stat sheet - his team earned just two points for all that effort. Red did score a touchdown a few plays later on a 10-yard run by Ray Stowers and a two-point conversion by DeVonte Christopher.
Manis had a hand in all three of White's scores, completing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown for the game's first score, then rushing for 8-yard and 5-yard touchdowns in the second and third quarters.
Manis had the best passing numbers of the day, completing 6-of-13 passes for 68 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His counterpart for most of the game made an impression, as well - primarily on the ground. Christopher rushed for a game-high 84 yards, while completing 2-of-7 passes for 28 yards and an interception. Starter Brian Johnson played in just one series for each team, completing his only pass attempt for eight yards for White and ending his day with an interception as Red's QB. His combined numbers were 2-of-4 for 23 yards and an interception. As planned, Johnson watched from the sidelines for the rest of the game.
In addition to Christopher, Eddie Wide (65 yards), Stowers (50 yards, 1 TD) and Bo Hikila (40 yards) did a nice job rushing. The leading receiver was Brown with 38 yards and a TD on three grabs.
Defensively, Lisiate Leota, who played for both teams, recorded four tackles, two tackles for a loss, and an interception. White's Chaz Walker returned a pick 56 yards and also recovered a fumble and broke up a pass. Toby Titus led White with seven tackles, while Greg Bird had five stops for Red.
Spring camp officially ended with an autograph session on the field.