April 6, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The offense won the jersey scrimmage over the defense on the final play Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Austin Appleby found Sterling Carter in the back of the end zone on fourth and goal from the six yard-line to give the offense a 51-50 win.
"There was a lot of good hitting, guys running around," head coach Darrell Hazell said. "It will be interesting to see on film how it really looks, but I thought it was one of the better (jersey scrimmages) I've had."
The offense trailed 50-44 late in the final drive and was faced with a fourth and four inside the red zone. Appleby found David Yancey on a swing pass up the left side and the freshman running back lowered his shoulder for five yards and the first down. That earned the offense a point based on the scoring system for the scrimmage (found here). A few plays later came the game-winning touchdown.
The defense had its share of highlights in the morning scrimmage. Evan Feichter intercepted a Bilal Marshall pass after it was tipped deep in the offense's side of the field. He was able to return it near the 20-yard line. Normondo Harris also caused a turnover as he blitzed Rob Henry's blindside with the offense at the 9-yard line. Harris stripped Henry just before he was able to throw and then picked up the fumble and made it out near the defense's 45-yard line.
Will Lucas had a couple of nice plays as well. He sacked Appleby on a third and two near midfield. He also was part of a fourth and one stop on the 3-yard line where he and two other defenders pushed Yancey back two yards and ended the drive.
A notable stretch of plays came with Henry at quarterback nearly midway through the scrimmage. He found Akeem Hunt on a check down and the junior running back scampered 53 yards for a touchdown on third and eight. That play was called back, however, due to a holding penalty. The very next play, Henry overthrew tight end Gabe Holmes and was intercepted by Taylor Richards. Richards returned the interception inside the 5-yard line which, at the time, tied the score at 18. The very next play with the offense starting at the defense's 32-yard line, Henry found Carter on an out route and the tight end rumbled into the end zone. Carter finished with two touchdown catches on the day totaling 38 yards.
Danny Etling also looked impressive at quarterback. The early-enrollee freshman completed 12 of 17 passes for over 100 yards. His most impressive pass was a 14-yard would-be-touchdown strike to Charles Torwudzo in the back corner of the end zone. Etling floated it over two defenders to the back pylon where Torwudzo went up and made the grab. However, the play was called back due to a personal foul penalty against the offensive line. The very next play, Etling was sacked by Ryan Russell to halt the drive.
The Purdue running backs had strong days as the offensive line helped to open up some holes. Hunt and Robert Gregory each rushed for over 50 yards while Yancey was not far behind. Hunt had a long run of 22 yards on the day while Gregory's best was 18 yards.
Coach Hazell, Henry, and Frankie Williams stopped by to talk about the scrimmage afterwards. Those interviews can be found at the bottom of the page.