Jody Victor: More than 75,000 fans attended the spring exhibition football game Saturday in Ohio Stadium. The Gray team rallied in the last minutes of the game to claim a 17-9 victory over the Scarlet.
Trailing most of the game, the Gray squad came back to take a 10-9 lead behind consecutive fourth-quarter scoring drives. The Scarlet was poised to take back the lead after advancing to the Gray 11 with less than two minutes to play, but senior linebacker Larry Grant forced a fumble by Scarlet quarterback Todd Boeckman and he returned the loose ball 80 yards for the game-sealing score.
Members of the 2007 Ohio State men's basketball team served as honorary coaches. Jamar Butler, a junior guard, coached the Gray and Mike Conley Jr., a freshman point guard, manned the sidelines for the Scarlet team. From the football staff, Jim Heacock served as head coach of the Gray while Joe Daniels lead the Scarlet.
Maurice Wells was the leading rusher in the game, gaining 48 yards for the Gray on 14 carries. Boeckman finished his day with six completions in 14 attempts for the Scarlet, while Schoenhoft had a combined 7-15 for 83 yards and a TD pass. Devon Lyons topped all received with 72 yards on three receptions, including a 39-yard grab in the third period.
Defensively, Grant finished the game with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, four total tackles, including three for combined losses of 17 yards. James Laurinaitis added six tackles at middle linebacker for the Gray. Defensive back Shaun Lane was the leading tackler for the Scarlet with eight stops, and Freeman and Austin Spitler each added six tackles for the Scarlet.
Of the 75,301 tickets sold, the Department of Athletics donated $1.00 from each ticket to the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) and McDonald's donated the same amount from each ticket sold at their restaurants to the Ronald McDonald House.