The offensive and defensive plans might have been basic, but there was nothing dull about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Blue & Gold spring football game Saturday at Finley Stadium.
On the 91st and last play of the finale to spring practice, quarterback Jacob Huesman threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Riley Davis to give the White squad a 36-33 win over the Blue. With the win, the White team earned a steak dinner, to be served at a later date, while the Blue will have to settle for hot dogs.
White defensive tackle Chris Mayes let out a big roar after Davis reached the end zone.
"You know us big guys, we're really particular about our meats," Mayes said with a big smile, "so we were really excited about it."
UTC coach Russ Huesman had said the game was going to be "vanilla," meaning nothing too complicated was going to be run. More than 500 Mocs fans turned out for the game and got to see big plays made all over the field, though mostly by the offense.
Running back Tolerance Shepherd took a Jacob Huesman screen pass and ran 75 yards for a White touchdown. Shepherd also ran for two scores, earning offensive MVP honors.
Cornerback Will Johnson intercepted a Terrell Robinson pass and returned it 68 yards for a Blue touchdown and was named the defensive MVP.
"It was a great day," Johnson said. "There were a lot of fans, the fans were great, and I thought all of us played hard, both sides of the ball. Honestly, I thought it was a productive day. We got some plays made and [had] a little excitement."
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John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...