Crimson earns a 13-10 Spring game victory
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Crimson defeated the Cream, 13-10, in front of 10,014 fans at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon at Indiana’s annual Spring Game.
Nate Sudfeld completed 17 of his 24 attempts for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Cream. Crimson running back Ricky Brookins went over the century mark with 107 yards on 16 carries, a 6.7 average.
Zander Diamont fired a pair of TD passes, including the game-winner to Damon Graham from 13 yards out with four seconds remaining. Graham caught both scores and finished with five grabs for 48 yards.
Crimson linebacker Tegray Scales led all tacklers with eight stops, while fellow Crimson linebacker Clyde Newton record five with a pair of sacks (14 yards). Cream Linebacker Robert McCray III topped his team with four tackles and two sacks (22 yards).
The defenses combined for 10 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, one fumble – forced by defensive back Kiante Walton and recovered by linebacker Dawson Fletcher, and one interception returned 16 yards by defensive lineman Darius Latham (also added a half-sack).
Defensive lineman Nick Mangieri (1.5), defensive lineman Nate Hoff (1), defensive lineman Derrian Meminger (1) and linebacker Kyle Loechel (1) combined for the remaining sacks.
Sudfeld opened the scoring with a 3-yard strike to tight end Anthony Corsaro, and the Cream took a 10-0 lead into the break after a second quarter 26-yard field goal by Aaron Del Grosso.
Diamont and Graham sliced the lead to 10-7 in the third with an 11-yard hook up before the duo’s late-game heroics gave the Crimson a 3-point victory.
In addition to Graham, Mitchell Paige hauled in three receptions for 51 yards for the winners.
Alex Rodriguez led the Crimson with 63 rushing yards on 12 attempts followed by Devine Redding’s 57 on 13. J-Shun Harris II had five catches for 57 yards, Simmie Cobbs, Jr., contributed four for 34 and Ricky Jones collected three for 33.
IU has three more practices remaining this spring, on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Thursday’s practice, dubbed the Little 500 Pre-Bash, is an open scrimmage to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium.