Football Concludes Spring with Red-Black Scrimmage|
April 4, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech football team completed spring drills Saturday with the annual Red-Black scrimmage in Jones Stadium as part of Football Fest OE98. The Red squad, composed of the first team offense and defense, outscored the Black team 28-14.
"It was a good overall scrimmage," said head football coach Spike Dykes, whose team will open the 1998 campaign against Texas-El Paso at home on Sept. 5. "We have a long way to go, but we're making progress. That,s why you have these game-type situations - to give the guys a little experience and see how they respond."
Quarterback Rob Peters, voted into the starting spot for the Red squad by fan balloting, started and ended the game's scoring. In the first quarter, Peters found Derek Dorris in the middle with a seven-yard touchdown pass. Peters capped the Red's offensive effort near the end of the fourth quarter, breaking free for a 62-yard scoring run. Peters connected for a total of 106 yards in seven attempts with no interceptions and rushed for 44 yards on five carries.
"The first team offense moved the ball pretty good today," said Peters. "There's always going to be a few glitches in things, and we're not near where we need to be. So, when we come back in the fall, we're going to iron everything out."
Ricky Williams added 22 yards for the Red effort, scoring in the first quarter on a five-yard run. Sammy Morris added a two-yard scoring run, one of only two rushing attempts on the day.
Jamaal Crisp, who redshirted last season, accounted for both of the Black,s touchdowns. For the day he threw for 87 yards, including a 19-yard scoring strike to King Scovell in the second quarter. He added the second touchdown with a one-yard run in the third. Senior Matt Tittle completed 9 of 16 passes for 107 yards in a starting role.
Anthony Tharrington led all rushers with 60 yards on nine carries for the Black squad. Toby Cantu drew the bulk of the rushing duty for the Red team with 43 yards on nine carries.
Defensively, All-America candidate Montae Reagor tallied 2.5 sacks and one tackle for loss in leading an aggressive Red defense. Free safety John Norman and defensive tackle Kris Kocurek, who played significant roles as freshman last year, had the game's only interceptions for the Red squad. "We've had a good spring," Reagor said. "What we look forward to know is the offseason, hitting the weight room hard and getting ready for two-a-days and next season."
Red: Cantu 9-43; Peters 5-44, TD; Hawkins 2-45; Williams 8-22, TD; Morris 2-22, TD; Kelley 2-8; Linney 1-2; Graves 1-0
Red: Peters 4-7, 106, TD; Kelley 1-2, 10; McCutchen 1-1, 19; Belew 2-6 (-)1.
Red: Williams 2-72; Dorris 2-34, TD; Graves 2- (-)1; Linney 1-19; Nichol 1-10.
Red: Roberson 4-161, 50; Wimberly 1-34, 34
Red: Kocurek 1-5; Norman 1-28
Red: Priddy 2-37
Red: Reagor 2.5-20; Rucker 1.5-18; Kocurek 1-9; Carter 1-2
Tackles for loss
Red: Reagor 1-10; J. McCutcheon 1-2; Cockrum 1-2; Wilbanks 1-2; Rucker 0.5-3; McCullar 0.5-3