CEDAR CITY Troy Osborne recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and redshirt freshman Brett Parry completed 6-of-10 passes for 50 yards and a TD as Southern Utah's White squad rattled off 14 unanswered points to defeat the Red 14-6 in the annual Red/White Scrimmage at Eccles Coliseum Saturday.
First-year Thunderbird head coach Ed Lamb said he was pleased with what he saw.
"The guys came out and had fun, played a game but also played with a lot of intensity," Lamb noted. "They've been through a lot the last few weeks, with our voluntary workouts and off-season conditioning, then coming through the last five weeks of spring ball, and a certain esprit de corps has developed among them, working through all that. To come out here and be able to play 60 plays in a game situation was a lot of fun, I think."
The Red squad got on the scoreboard first with field goals from 48 and 59 yards by Steve Pulmer. The 59-yard kick would have set the Southern Utah record had it come in a regulation game. He also lined up to attempt a 62-yarder later in the game, but the attempt was called off after a false start penalty would have pushed the attempt back to 67 yards.
The White team broke through into the scoring column, however, after Kassidy Gooch forced a fumble on a sack and Troy Osborne recovered it in the end zone late in the first half, giving White a 7-6 advantage.
White extended its advantage to 14-6 when Parry found sophomore Tysson Poots in the back of the end zone on a 15-yard hookup.
White's defense never allowed Red team quarterback Cody Stone to find his rhythm, although Stone did complete 10-of-19 passes for 62 yards without an interception.
Lamb said he was pleased with several aspects of the game but singled out Parry, who returned from an LDS church mission last fall; as well as Miller, Senter and the kickers, as players who pleased him.
"Brett Parry did a really good job, especially for someone who wasn't even playing football last fall," he said. "He came in and overcame some adversity and drove the team in for a touchdown.
"Nick did a great job on returns, he showed that he has some special skills.
"D.J. also impressed me, especially late in the game," Lamb went on to say. "He went down with an injury but was able to come back into the game and really made his presence felt.
"I also liked the way our kickers and punters were able to do really a pretty good job under very windy conditions," he added. "Steve (Pulver) kicked some long field goals, and Trevor (Ward) had some great punts into the wind."