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May 2018

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28 MAY 2018 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED a punt picked up three more points for the defense. Score: Defense 16, Offense 10 1 Offense Vs. 1 Defense From O20 After a touchback punt, a 12-play march was highlighted by three third-down conversions: a two-yard run by Williams on third-and-one, an 18-yard pass from Wimbush to Finke to the defense's 44-yard line, and a 17-yard pass to sophomore tight end Cole Kmet on third-and-eight. In between, junior safety Jalen Elliott broke up but dropped what looked like a sure interception toss by Wimbush. The drive stalled at the 23 on an incomplete pass to Boykin on third- and-seven, resulting in a 40-yard field goal by Yoon with 28 seconds left in the quarter. Score: Defense 16, Offense 13 SECOND QUARTER 2 Offense Vs. 2 Defense From O25 Another 12-play march featured a 16-yard screen from Book to Clay- pool, an elusive 11-yard run by Davis and a 14-yard slant to Claypool to the 8-yard line for a first down. A third-down fade to Claypool into the end zone was broken up by senior cornerback Nick Watkins. Sophomore kicker Jonathan Do- erer's 20-yard field goal knotted the score. Score: Defense 16, Offense 16 1 Offense Vs. 1 Defense From O25 In a prevalent mix-and-match throughout the afternoon, freshman Houston Griffith was inserted at safety for the top defense — which took the lead again on the third play when a third-and-six pass forced by Wimbush was picked off this time easily by Elliott, who dropped a pick two series earlier. He returned it 21 yards to the defense's 25-yard line to give the defense three points on the turnover. Score: Defense 19, Offense 16 2 Offense Vs. 2 Defense From the D25 The offense took its first lead on the first play when sophomore run- ning back Jafar Armstrong saw a massive hole on the left side that left him virtually untouched until the final yard for a 25-yard tally. Score: Offense 23, Defense 19 1 Offense Vs. 1 Defense From O25 Jones rushed for 11 yards on the first play before Wimbush show- cased his arm strength, throwing the ball more than 50 yards in the air off his back foot on a 64-yard scoring pass to Boykin — who sidestepped a slipping Watkins and made a fine, outstretched grab for the score. Score: Offense 30, Defense 19 2 Offense vs. 2 Defense From O25 Freshman running back Jahmir Smith showed his wares on the first two plays with a 19-yard catch from Book followed by a 16-yard jaunt to the defense's 40-yard line. The defense then picked up two points when sophomore nose tackle Darnell Ewell was credited with a sack and Davis was thrown for a five-yard loss by junior drop end Jamir Jones. When Yoon's 44-yard field goal fell short, the defense was given two more points for a stop. Score: Offense 30, Defense 23 1 Offense vs. 1 Defense From O20 Despite Elliott breaking up an- other pass, Wimbush was sharp on the series with a 10-yard toss to Finke, a perfectly placed 23-yard back shoulder toss to Boykin and a 26-yard completion to Finke on a hot read. Williams scampered 15 yards to the 2-yard line and two plays later easily covered the final yard for the score. Score: Offense 37, Defense 23 2 Offense Vs. 2 Defense From O25 Ogundeji recorded his second sack on the first play for a point to the de- fense. Book and Young connected on a 28-yard completion, but a broken up pass by Watkins on third-and- Junior defensive end Ade Ogundeji recorded a team-high two sacks and two tackles for loss among his six total stops in the Blue-Gold Game. PHOTO BY BY BILL PANZICA

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