Red Team Wins Utah Spring Game With Late Field Goal

Red Team Wins Utah Spring Game With Late Field Goal

SALT LAKE CITY-Saturday, the University of Utah conducted its annual spring football game which featured a dramatic finish at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Senior kicker Matt Gay, continuing the Utes’ tradition of excellence at that position, drilled a 57-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Red team a 29-27 victory over the White team.

Head coach Kyle Whittingham confirmed he had no doubts in his mind Gay would be successful with this kick. Whittingham stated the All-American “can hit from 60-plus yards. It was 57 yards and probably had another five or six yards on it. He is the whole package.”

The Red teams’ quarterbacks were junior Tyler Huntley (6-12, 72 yards, TD) and freshman Jason Shelley (11-14, 85 yards, TD).

Leading the White team at quarterback were sophomore Drew Lisk (8 of 12, 133 yards, 2 TD’s) and freshman Jack Tuttle (8 of 14, 86 yards, TD, 2 INT’s).

Other standouts in the game included the Utes’ tight ends, a vital position, for both receiving and blocking on any football team.

The Red team’s standout tight end was sophomore Bapa Falemaka (6 rec, 69 yards), while receivers, senior Jameson Field and sophomore Batchlor Johnson scored touchdowns for the Red squad.

The defensive standout in the game was the Red team’s junior defensive back Terrell Burgess, who amassed a 69-yard interception return and a team-high six tackles.

The Utes will reconvene for training camp this summer in preparation for their August 30 opener, a home game against Weber State.