Defense Defeats Offense in Green-White Spring Game, 33-23
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Utilizing a modified scoring system, the White (defense) defeated the Green (offense), 33-23, before an estimated crowd of 25,000 on Saturday afternoon for the Green-White spring game, presented by McLaren Health Plan, in Spartan Stadium.
"First of all, I want to thank all of the Spartan fans for coming out today, I thought it was a great crowd," said Dantonio, as the game was held under sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s. "Also had a great experience at our youth clinic that had over 1,100 young people. I thought it was a great day for our fans, for our players, and for our young fans."
Lewerke's favorite target on the day was sophomore Trishton Jackson, who had a game-high eight catches for 168 yards. Fellow sophomores Cam Chambers (five receptions for 54 yards), Darrell Stewart (four for 43) and Justin Layne (three for 70) also were big contributors in the passing game.
Defensively, freshman early enrollee Josiah Scott led the way with eight tackles and an interception in the fourth quarter. Scott's interception put the defense on top, 30-23, with 3:44 to play.
Sophomore defensive end Kenny Willekes also had eight tackles, including 1.5 for losses, while Andrew Dowell and Matt Morrissey had six tackles apiece.
The game went down to the wire, as the offense had a chance to tie the game late, but the defense broke up a pass in the end zone on the last play of the game to earn three more points and claim the 33-23 victory.
Earlier in the day, an estimated crowd of 1,100 attended this year's football youth clinic.
Michigan State concludes spring practice with two more practices next week (Tuesday and Thursday).