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Utah football Spring game ends in a tie



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News ReleaseSALT LAKE CITY - The Utah football team's annual Red-White ended in a draw Saturday, 35-35. The game, which signifies the end of spring ball, ended in an interesting fashion. As the Red team came out to try for the game-winning extra point kick, the White squad flooded the field, taunting Red's special teams. The snap was fumbled, the extra point missed, and the game ended in a tie.

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Despite the carefree finish, head coach Kyle Whittingham was pleased with the effort shown by his team. "I think this game was very clean and we put in a lot of good work," said Whittingham. "We had some playmakers emerge. Aiona Key, Brad Clifford and Elijah Wesson had a nice outing. I just think the whole game was a positive. Nobody got hurt, which at this point and time is the No. 1 issue. We came out of spring drills very clean with just some bumps and bruises."

Trailing by six points, the Red team, led by junior quarterback Corbin Louks, marched down the field and found the end zone on a controversial play with no time remaining. A defensive penalty as the clock ran out allowed the offense one more chance to score from the 1-yard line. Louks tried to take it in himself, only to fumble, but it was recovered by Red freshman wide receiver Ryan Lacy, to tie the game at 35-35.

Louks finished the game 22-of-33 for 322 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. For the White team, junior quarterback Terrance Cain went 13-of-18 for 113 yards, while freshman signal caller Jordan Wynn was 8-of-13 for 158 yards and a touchdown. Neither White team quarterback was intercepted.

"I thought all three of the quarterbacks did a good job," said Whittingham. "They made good decisions. It's turned into a three-man race it looks like. Initially it was Corbin and Terrance, but Jordan Wynn has closed the gap considerably and I'd say right now he's a viable candidate for the job."

Senior wide receiver Aiona Key, playing for the Red team, led all receivers with nine catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Clifford, a tight end for the Red squad, had 128 receiving yards, including a 65-yard touchdown catch-and-run that saw him bowl over one defender and stiff-arm another on his way to pay dirt.

Freshman running back Sausan Shakerin led all rushers with eight attempts for 49 yards and two touchdowns for the White team. Red's leading rusher was junior Eddie Wide, who gained 11 yards on five attempts.

Utah special teams converted 2-of-4 field goals as sophomore Coleman Peterson hit from 23 yards and junior Joe Phillips knocked one through from 42 yards out. Peterson missed from 23 and senior Ben Vroman was no good from 26.

Utah opens the regular season against Utah State on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

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