Drew Allen Leads Red Team to Win in Red/White Game

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:21 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 16, 2011 6:34 PM CDT

Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

NORMAN, Okla. – Backup quarterback Drew Allen led the Red Team to a 20-14 victory Saturday in Oklahoma’s annual Red/White spring game.

Allen performed well, completing 16 of 29 passes for 179 yards. He also delivered the game’s first touchdown, a 16-yard strike to Dejuan Miller. That gave the Red Team the lead after kicker Michael Hunnicutt started the scoring with a 40-yard field goal.

The Red Team extended the lead to 14-3 when Brennan Clay scored a rushing touchdown from 11 yards out. Hunnicutt and Jimmy Stevens then traded field goals in the second quarter to give the Red Team a 17-6 lead at halftime.

Blake Bell took over at quarterback for the White Team in the second half, but neither team scored in the third quarter. But Bell hit Trey Franks on a 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the White Team added a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 17-14.

Stevens recorded the final score of the game with a 25-yard field with less than four minutes remaining. The White Team was unable to mount a potential game-winning drive.

Bell threw passes for both teams and finished 12-of-28 for 84 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Allen also threw an interception, but it was on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half.

“The young quarterbacks are getting better,” head coach Bob Stoops said. “Drew (Allen), I thought, was impressive for sure in that first half and did a lot of really nice things, and Blake (Bell) as well.”

The White Team’s Derrick Whaley led all rushers with 65 yards on 10 attempts, and Clay led the Red Team with 59 yards on 12 carries.

Aaron Colvin led all tacklers with eight for the White Team. Colvin is in the process of transitioning from cornerback to safety, but said his new position is feeling more natural by the day.

“The hard thing for me, honestly, is reading run and pass,” Colvin said. “At corner, you’re always focused in on just pass, shutting down your receiver. Right now I’m just trying to get better at being able to read the guard and the center, read their keys better, so I can come down and be in the run game a little faster.”

Normal starters Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles saw only limited action. Jones threw just 11 passes, and Broyles only saw the field on special teams. The Sooners suffered no significant injuries, and they will conclude their spring practices with their last workout Tuesday.