The events on the field didn't light up the Finley Stadium scoreboard Saturday night, nor did they measure the success of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Blue and Gold game - the first under new coach Russ Huesman.
"It was a neat day," Huesman said afterward, pausing to greet one of many autograph seekers.
An announced crowd of 1,187 - numbers the Tennessee Volunteers might scoff at, but not bad for an FCS program that hasn't done much winning in 20 years - turned out for the culmination of Huesman's first spring practice at his alma mater. Some of them came out before the game for the youth clinic, which had more than 125 participants.
"The kids were running around here, our players were running around and our players were excited to do it," Huesman said of the clinic.
In a split-squad game that pitted the squad in navy (starting offense, second-team defense) against the team in white (starting defense, second-team offense), the boys in blue came out on top 14-0.
Offensive MVP Jare Gault had 135 yards passing and rushed for 51 yards. The game's lone offensive touchdown was a 24-yard strike by a scrambling Gault to wideout Justin Buckhalter early in the second quarter. Second-team linebacker Arsenio Clemmons, the defensive MVP, scored the other touchdown on a 29-yard fumble recovery in the third quarter.
"It was a good spring and I think we got a lot accomplished," said wide receiver Clint Woods, who afterward was named one of the three captains for the 2009 season, along with defensive tackle B.J. Taylor and linebacker Steven Smigelsky. "Now we've got to go and work hard over the summer."