“The offense just took it to the defense today,” head coach Dan Mullen said. “It all starts at quarterback, and I thought every one of those guys played extremely well today. The defense made a couple of outstanding plays, but they never stopped the offense’s rhythm.”
Relf was example 1-A of the outstanding play at the quarterback position, leading the offense (which started at its own 35 on nearly every drive) deep into defensive territory on each possession he played.
Tyler Russell and Dylan Favre also had outstanding days, helping lead the offense to a total of 12 scores on 18 possessions with the 1s and 2s. Freshman Dak Presott also got in on the action, helping the third offense move the ball consistently.
The offense also got some big-time performances from running backs Vick Ballard and LaDarius Perkins, each of whom scored on runs of more than 20 yards. Walk-on Adrian Marcus, who played mainly on special teams in all 13 games last season, provided what may have been the highlight of the day with a 38-yard rumbling, tackle-breaking dash for a score.
While it wasn’t the best of days for the Dog Defense, Corey Broomfield picked off a pass in the endzone and Dennis Thames intercepted a tipped pass and returned it deep into offensive territory.
While most of the possessions began at the minus-35 yardline, the ball was placed on the 30 for the final two drives. With 1:45 remaining on the clock, the offense had one timeout and needed to score a touchdown. Both Relf and Favre led their teams to scores in the improvised two-minute scenarios. Relf hit Brandon Heavens for a 14-yard touchdown with 10 seconds remaining on the clock, while Favre connected with Michael Carr for a 35-yard score with less than a minute left to end the scrimmage.
The Bulldogs will return to the practice fields on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons this week before kicking off the Maroon-White Spring Game at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The spring game is part of Super Bulldog Weekend presented by Regions, and a crowd in excess of 40,000 is expected.
Bumphis 65 pass from Relf
DePasquale 35 FG
Ballard 25 run
DePasquale 45 FG
Perkins 23 run
Smith 8 pass from Favre
Clark 5 pass from Russell
Favre 2 run
Relf 1 run
Marcus 38 run
Hemphill 4 run
Heavens 14 pass from Relf
Carr 35 pass from Favre