Jody Victor: Ohio State has Scarlet and Gray Football Scrimmage

Jody Victor: What is the Scarlet & Gray Football Game? Each spring the OSU football team plays an inter-squad football game. Normally they split the team in two in the past it has been what is thought to be the starters versus the non-starters. This year the game was held on April 23rd and Gray tops Scarlet, 19-6. Here is some more information about the game that was found on osu.edu.

My sons, Steve Victor and Joe Victor, can’t wait for this fall for the football season to start back up again. We think this will be their best season within the past 3 years. Most of the offensive team is returning from last year with two of the best wide receivers in the Big 10 joining them…being led by Ted Ginn, Jr., who should be the pre-season Heisman watch. We’re looking forward to a great season!

Go Bucks,
Recap of the Scarlet & Gray Scrimmage:

The Gray capitalized on two Scarlet turnovers to take a 13-0 halftime lead over the Scarlet and held on for a 19-6 victory in the 2005 Ohio State Spring Game. Nearly 23,000 attended the scrimmage that was played in unusually cold and wet conditions in Ohio Stadium.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Gray posted 13 points in the second period converting two Scarlet fumbles and a deflected punt into a touchdown and a pair of field goals. With nearly nine minutes to play in the first half, the Gray deflected a punt by Scarlet’s Tyson Gentry (Fr., Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins). The Gray took over at its own 46-yard line and sophomore Antonio Pittman (So., Akron, Ohio/Buchtel) accounted for 22 of the 28 yards in the drive that led to a 43-yard field goal by redshirt freshman Jonathan Skeete (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) with 7:18 to play in the half.

On its next possession, the Gray turned another punting miscue into seven points. Gray defensive back Ashton Youboty (Jr., Klein, Texas/Klein) caused a fumble by Gentry and teammate Kyle Ruhl (Fr., Powell, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) recovered at the 6-yard line. From there, Gray quarterback Todd Boeckman (Fr., St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry) connected with sophomore receiver Anthony Gonzalez (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius) for a 5-yard scoring strike on second down. Skeete converted the extra point to give the Gray a 10-0 advantage with 5:29 remaining in the second quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Scarlet quarterback Justin Zwick (Jr., Massillon, Ohio/Massillon Washington) hit redshirt freshman receiver Albert Dukes (Fr., Belle Glade, Fla./Glade Central) over the middle, where Dukes was stripped by junior safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) at the 40-yard line. The Gray’s Curtis Terry (So., Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) picked up the loose ball and returned the fumble 36 yards to the Scarlet 4-yard line. The Gray lost a yard on three plays before Skeete connected on his second field goal of the half from 22-yards out for a 13-0 Gray lead with 3:09 on the clock.

To start the second half, Scarlet moved from its own 8-yard line to the Gray 48 before turning over possession on downs on a failed fourth-and-one plunge by Boeckman, who split time between the two squads. Again, the Gray turned the change of possession into points as junior quarterback Troy Smith (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) completed all four of his passes, including a 12-yard TD toss to sophomore tight end Marcel Frost (South Euclid, Ohio/Lyndhurst Rush) to end the 7-play, 52-yard scoring drive. Skeete missed the PAT to set the score at 19-0 with 3:01 left in the third quarter.

The Scarlet avoided a shutout in the fourth quarter, when redshirt freshman tailback Eric Haw (Columbus, Ohio/Independence) capped a 68-yard drive with a 10-yard scoring scamper into the endzone with 6:48 left in regulation. Haw gained 40 yards on five carries on the drive that was kick-started by a 28-yard connection from Zwick to Dukes down the right sideline. The Scarlet missed the extra point to cut the Gray advantage to 19-6.

Offensively for the Gray, senior Brandon Schnittker (Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins) led all rushers with 58 yards on 10 carries and Pittman added 57 yards on 14 carries. Smith was 4-of-9 for 48 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Gonzalez had 33 yards on four catches, including a touchdown reception. On the defensive side of the ball, Marcus Freeman (So., Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) had six solo tackles, two for loss, and one pass breakup.

On offense for the Scarlet, Haw had a game-high 86 yards on 16 carries, including a touchdown. Zwick converted 11-of-27 passes for a game-high 104 yards. Dukes led all receivers with 45 yards on three catches. Defensively, linebacker Ryan Lukens (Fr., Lebanon, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) had seven tackles and a sack. Freshman defensive back Shaun Lane (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) accounted for an interception in the first quarter.

Boeckman, playing for both the Scarlet and the Gray, was 4-of-12 for 28 yards and a touchdown.