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Red Team Rallies for 22-21 Victory in Utah Spring Game

Jordan Wynn threw for 124 yards for the red team.

Jordan Wynn threw for 124 yards for the red team.

April 21, 2012

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SALT LAKE CITY - Back-up quarterback Adam Schulz engineered the game-winning drive and threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Dunn in a 22-21 victory by the Red team in the Utah Spring Game Saturday afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Returning starter Jordan Wynn and Jon Hays, who took over for Wynn when he was injured last season, both threw for touchdowns as well. Redshirt freshman running back Jarrell Oliver ran for two touchdowns and 24 yards on five carries.

A crowd of 13,503 enjoyed a sunny 78-degree afternoon as the Utes wrapped up their 2012 spring drills. The offenses, under the direction of first-year coordinator Brian Johnson, were impressive as both teams combined for 413 passing yards.

"[We had] a lot of guys making plays," said eighth-year Ute head coach Kyle Whittingham. "We have quarterbacks that are very good. Travis Wilson and Chase Hansen did some really good things. Adam Schulz with the Red team in the fourth quarter was impressive as well. It is a good problem to have, but we have to start to sort that out early in fall camp to determine who the guys are going to be that we invest the reps in."

Wynn, a junior who is back for his fourth year as the starter after injuring his left (non-throwing) shoulder in the fourth game last season, connected on 8-of-11 passes for 124 yards. He also showed some rustiness by throwing two picks and fumbling a snap on the second play of the game.

After Wynn's fumble, the White team took over at its own 37-yard line and put together a seven play drive for the game's first points. Hays threw a 29-yard pass to Kenneth Scott at the 3-yard line. Oliver then ran three yards on the next play to give the White team a 7-0 lead.

The Red team responded quickly. On the fifth play of the next drive, Wynn threw a 48-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to Dres Anderson, knotting the game at 7-7 with 4:16 to play in the first quarter.

Wynn threw a pick on his third series to Dave Fagergren, who returned it 33 yards to the Red 27-yard line. Six plays later, Oliver went in from one yard out to put the White team back in front 14-7 with 7:21 remaining in the first half.

Wynn's fourth series ended with a pick as well, but it could have just as easily resulted in a score. A holding penalty brought back Wynn's 21-yard TD pass to Westlee Tonga, then on the next play he was picked off by Tyler Cahoon in the end zone for a touchback.

The White team's ensuing 12-play drive stalled on fourth and goal at the 1-yard line when they didn't get the play off in time as the first half ended.

The White jumped in front 21-7 after opening the second half with a four-play drive that culminated with a 28-yard pass from Hays to Sean Fitzgerald down right seam.

True freshman Chase Hansen, a product of Lone Peak High School, started the rally for the Red team. Hansen ran five times for 36 yards, including a five-yard TD run, drawing the Red within 21-14 with 1:35 left in the third quarter.

With a continuous clock and 10-minute quarters in the second half, the game moved quickly ahead to the Red team's next possession after forcing a punt by the White.

That's when Schulz came in, and the redshirt freshman from Muskego, Wis., completed 4 of 5 passes for 95 yards during a six-play drive that started at his own 2-yard line. The last completion was a 50-yard bullet down the left sideline to Dunn, who had a short stroll into the end zone.

Down 21-20 with 3:02 left, the Red team elected to go for the go-ahead two-point conversion. Harvey Langi took a toss to the right side on a run-throw option, and passed to Quinton Pedoza in the end zone to give the Red team a 22-21 lead.

The Red defense held the White offense to a four-and-out on the next series with an incomplete pass by Wilson on fourth and four at the White 41-yard line.

Wilson, a true freshman from San Clemente, Calif., completed 8-of-12 passes for 72 yards. Junior college transfer Kelvin York had eight carries to lead all running backs, gaining 24 yards. Sophomore tight end Jake Murphy led all receivers with eight catches for 51 yards.

Former running back Thretton Palamo, who moved to defensive end this spring, had an eight-yard sack. Sean Sellwood made two punts for and average of 54.0 yards.

"A lot of progress was made in many areas," said Whittingham as he evaluated the spring overall. "Always, the most critical thing for us is to get fundamentals and technique sound during spring football. There is some scheme we will also put in with the change of coordinators. But overall, this was a very positive spring. We stayed very healthy, which is always something in question. It is still a work in progress, but with each successive recruiting class we have been able to add to the depth."

Utah opens its 2012 season on Thursday, Aug. 30 against Northern Colorado at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

 

 

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