Cardinal Team Dominates UW Spring Game

On a beautiful sunny afternoon with temperatures in the mid-70s, 18,020 fans watched the Badgers conclude their spring practice session. The Cardinal team jumped out early, scoring two touchdowns within the first six minutes of the game. Quarterback Tyler Donovan opened the game with a 40-yard pass to Paul Hubbard. Four plays later Donovan found Luke Swan in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown pass.

On the first play of the Cardinal team’s next possession, Allen Evridge found Swan for a 43-yard completion. Evridge, a transfer from Kansas State, was competing for the first time at Camp Randall Stadium. On the next play, Lance Smith took a handoff and burst around the left side for a 25-yard TD run.

Smith added a two-yard touchdown run to open the second quarter, capping a five-play, 67-yard drive. Just before halftime, Hubard and Evridge hooked up on a 12-yard touchdown pass. That score was set up by a Josh Nettles interception.

The White team got on the board in the third quarter as Matt Fischer booted a 42-yard field goal. The field goal counted for six points as the rules of the game dictated that any score by the White team would count for double the normal allotted points. Chris Eernisse’s interception gave White possession at its own 46-yard line. Three completions by Dustin Scherer moved White within field goal range.

Chris Pressley capped the scoring with a one-yard touchdown reception from Evridge with 14:56 left in the game. That ended a 10-play, 70-yard drive. Smith accounted for 38 yards on the drive.

For the game, the Cardinal team gained 345 yards of total offense compared to just 43 for the White squad. Donovan and Evridge quarterbacked the Cardinal team most of the day, with Evridge completing 8-of-14 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns while Donovan was 7-of-11 for 95 yards, one TD and one interception. Scherer was 7-of-16 for 94 yards and two interceptions while quarterbacking both teams.

Smith was the leading rusher, gaining 77 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 25 yards. Swan finished with three receptions for 79 yards and a TD while Hubbard caught three passes for 66 yards and a score