PHILADELPHIA - It was a day for the defense at the University of Pennsylvania football team's annual Red vs. Blue Spring Game on a windy Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field.
Penn's defense forced two turnovers and finished with five sacks in what served as the conclusion to the spring season.
A little different than the typical Spring Game, the annual Red vs. Blue Spring Game is a simulated, situational scrimmage between offense and defense. Since its not a traditional Spring Game, the coaching staff has its own scoring system. It includes points for the offense for first downs, big plays (12+ yds), scores, etc. The defense gets points for each drive stop, negative yardage play, turnovers, etc.
Just three plays into the game, Kenny Thomas picked off Alek Torgersen. That set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. The offense went three-and-out on the next two possessions. Austin Taps, Dan Connaughton, Erik Swanson and Ian Dobbins each had a sack on the afternoon. On the penultimate possession, Trent Dennington forced a fumble that trickled out of bounds, but Dobbins pulled in an interception just a few plays later.
The offense did settle in and posted several highlights. A pair of tight ends caught touchdown passes. Torgersen connected with Mitchell King in the corner of the end zone from 19 yards out, and Patton Chillura found Ryan Kelly for a nine-yard score. Jimmy Gammill connected on a 30-yard field goal.
Torgersen was 5-of-17 for 51 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Chillura threw for 58 yards on 5-of-15 passing in addition to a score and an interception. Andrew Lisa was 1-of-3 for 5 yards through the air and also had Penn's longest rush of the day with an impressive 20-yard scramble.
Danny Gallagher had a game-high three receptions for 16 yards. In all, nine Quakers had a reception and Cole Stern finished with a team-best 33 receiving yards on two catches. On the ground, Ryan Ripp had seven carries for 13 yards, Kyle Wilcox finished with six attempts for 14 yards and Mike Elespuru had six rushes for 11 yards.
The end of the spring season also means the announcement of the team captains. The official release of the 2014 team captains can then be found at PennAthletics.com next week.
The Quakers, who recently held a bone marrow drive for the 'Be the Match' registry program, have officially wrapped up their spring practice schedule - just in time with finals fast approaching.