Ground Attack Works In Spring Game

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Freshman running back Cornell Tarrant rushed for a game-high 117 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown sprint, to lead his White team to a 27-13 victory over the Maroons in Texas A&M’s annual Maroon &White Spring Game at Kyle Field on Saturday.

Led by Tarrant and veteran Jorvorskie Lane, the White squad rolled to 213 yards on the ground on 28 carries (7.6 yards per carry). Lane also contributed a touchdown and rushed for 64 yards on nine carries. The rushing game helped the White team to a five-minute-plus advantage in time of possession and the Whites converted 6-of-9 third down situations.

The White team was also efficient through the air as three passers combined to complete 14-of-20 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns. Early enrollee Ryan Tannehill connected on 4-of-6 passes for 25 yards and a touchdown, and veteran T.J. Sanders hit all five passes for 27 yards and a score. Returning quarterback starter Stephen McGee, who played a quarter for both teams, contributed 5-of-9 passing for 38 yards for the Whites.

The Maroon’s rushing game was also successful with 175 ground yards on 30 carries. Leading the way was sophomore Keondra Smith with 67 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. Maroon passers completed 8-of-11 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman Jerrod Johnson hit all five of his pass attempts for 39 yards, including a five-yard touchdown throw to Howard Morrow and converted a third-and-16 situation with a 31-yard strike to former quarterback Jamie McCoy. McGee completed 3-of-5 passes for 34 yards for the Maroon squad.

The White defense was paced by veteran linebacker Mark Dodge, who contributed a game-high 11 tackles and nearly intercepted a McGee aerial. Defensive end Cyril Obiozor posted a pair of quarterback sacks, and defensive back Marcus Gold had an interception.

The Maroon D was led by linebacker Anthony Lewis and cornerback Marquis Carpenter, who both posted seven tackles. Carpenter also contributed an interception of a first-half Hail Mary and returned it 21 yards.