The single turnover continued a theme of the spring. Except for the four interceptions in the second scrimmage a week earlier, the offense has protected the ball very well.
"Knock on wood. You know what I mean?" said offensive coordinator Bill Legg. "That's been a huge emphasis. From 2011 to 2012, we cut eight turnovers, it might have been seven [it was, from 27 down to 20], and this year we want to take an equivalent step."
On the other side, the Herd defense wants to increase its slim total of 18 takeaways.
"Never had a great answer for that over the years," said defensive coordinator Chuck Heater. "It's unbelievable, but guys have got to make great plays. Catch the ball when it's thrown to you, get pressure on the quarterback and all those things.
"But those will come when the guys take coaching, get where they're supposed to get, operate the way they're supposed to operate. I believe we have good enough players."BRIEFLY: Ra'Shawde Myers started on the first string in Taylor's place, opposite Alex Bazzie. Billy Mitchell and Houston played at first-team linebacker with Holmes and Cortez Carter on the second unit. Otherwise, the positions were much the same as they have been throughout camp. ... Defensive tackle Ken Smith and safety Corie Wilson hobbled off Saturday, but the spring was mostly injury-free. The only substantial injury was early in the spring season to linebacker Kent Turene, who remained on crutches Saturday. ... At running back, Remi Watson and Kevin Grooms did not play. Grooms, paying his penance after his arrest on underage drinking and obstruction charges, probably enjoyed a few hours of rest. ... In a promotion, Cato tried to lob passes into a trash can from 35 yards away, with a student throwing from 20. Neither person succeeded, and the student walked away with free books for a year.
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Green-White statisticsRUSHING: Steward Butler 11-60, 1 TD, Essray Taliaferro 11-48, Kevin Rodriguez 6-12, fumble, Rakeem Cato 3-15, Gunnar Holcombe 1-(minus-2), Blake Frohnapfel: 3-(minus-3), Kevin Anderson: 3-(minus-14). Total 38-116 (3.05 average), 1 TD, 1 fumble.PASSING: Rakeem Cato 7-10-0, 74 yards, 1 TD; Blake Frohnapfel 10-17-0, 155, 2 TDs; Kevin Anderson 5-9-0, 53 yards, Gunnar Holcombe 3-10-0, 37 yards. Total 25-46-0, 319 yards.RECEIVING: Jack Gammon 6-31, Dameon Garrett 4-72, Eric Frohnapfel 4-61, 1 TD, Devon Smith 4-42, Craig Wilkins 2-25, 1 TD, DeAndre Reaves 2-25, Chris Alston Jr. 1-26, Essray Taliaferro 1-19, 1 TD, Shawney Kersey 1-18.DEFENSE: Stefan Houston 7 tackles, pass breakup; Jermaine Holmes 6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss; Cortez Carter 6 tackles; Chris Yamoah 5 tackles, TFL, 2 PBUs, fumble recovery; Armonze Daniel 4 tackles, TFL, forced fumble; Corey Tindal 4 tackles; Billy Mitchell 4 tackles; Corie Wilson 3 tackles, PBU; Taj Letman 3 tackles, PBU; Monterius Lovett 3 tackles, TFL; Shawn Samuels 2 tackles; Darryl Roberts 2 tackles, TFL, sack, PBU; Ra'Shawde Myers 2 tackles; Derek Mitchell 2 tackles, TFL, sack, PBU; Malcolm Strong 2 tackles; Marcus Gilchrist 2 tackle, TFL, sack; Brandon Sparrow 2 tackles, TFL; Alex Bazzie 1 tackle; Joe Massaquoi: 1 tackle, TFL, sack; Steve Dillon 1 tackle; Jarquez Samuel 1 tackle, TFL, sack; D.J. Hunter 1 tackle, PBU; Lawrence Johnson 1 tackle; Matt Pickett 1 tackle; Derrick Thomas PBU. Totals: 11 TFLs, 5 sacks, 9 PBUs, 1 fumble recovery.
Cato 8 run
Wilkins 20 pass from Cato
Taliaferro 19 pass from B. Frohnapfel
Butler 20 run
E. Frohnapfel 32 pass from B. Frohnapfel