April 25, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Defense dominated the action at Purdue's annual spring football game here Saturday. The annual contest ended spring practice drills in a cool, rain-soaked Ross-Ade Stadium.
The Black squad beat the Gold, 14-0, on a pair of touchdown passes. The teams were divided evenly, and a running clock was used in the second half. Quarterbacks Drew Brees and Carl Buergler played for both squads.
"It was a very good spring game because we only had two minor injuries today," Boilermaker coach Joe Tiller said. "I was a little disappointed offensively but you don't worry too much about those things when the team is split up. I like the way our defense played today. Effort-wise, the defense played well.
"We are ahead (of last year) with regards to our scheme of things," Tiller continued. "Collectively as a group, we will be productive but may not have a dominant player. Productivity-wise, we should be up. We have talent as a group at wide receiver and running back. Drew Brees has improved as the spring has gone on. He has a better command of the offense than he did four weeks ago."
The Black team scored on a 49-yard pass from walkon quarterback Carl Buergler to redshirt freshman wide receiver Cortez Miles in the second quarter. An insurance TD was added in the fourth quarter on a 21-yard scoring strike from sophomore-to-be QB Drew Brees to sophomore-to-be wideout Vinny Sutherland.
The Black team gained 244 total yards (209 passing, 35 rushing) and the Golds gained 187 yards (128 passing, 59 rushing). Each team had 12 first downs.
Junior college transfer J. Crabtree rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries for the Golds, and redshirt freshman Dondre Johnson ran for 29 yards on five attempts for the Blacks. Eight different receivers caught two passes each, led by Miles' two snares for 64 yards and the one TD.
Junior-to-be Willie Fells led all tacklers with six stops. Six different defenders (Mike Rose, Billy Gustin, Todd Stelma, R'Kes Starling, Lee Johnson, Tom Vaughan) notched five tackles apiece.