Blue Team Claims Spring Game With 17-Unanswered Points

Shakiem Barbel snatched the go-ahead 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Montell Cozart late in the third quarter 
Blue 20, White 7
Memorial Stadium // Lawrence, Kan.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th FInal
White 0 0 7 0 7
Blue 0 3 7 10 20

Box Score (.pdf)

Statistical Leaders
Rushing: Schadler – 8-45
Passing: Cozart – 16-for-26,219 yds, 2TD
Receiving: Taylor – 2-88, 1 TD
Defense: Bates – 6 TT
Scoring Summary
First Quarter
Second Quarter
B 4:38 Weese 38-yard field goal
Third Quarter
W 3:50 Fairchild 11 pass from Millweard (Wyman kick)
B 0:00 Barbel 19 pass from Cozart (Weese kick)
Fourth Quarter
B 7:10 Wyman 28-yard field goal
B 1:56 Taylor 85 pass from Cozart (Wyman kick)
Stats at a Glance W B
First Downs 2 17
Total Offensive Yards 59 357
Passing Yards 18 262
Rushing Yards 41 95
Penalties-Yards 2-20 2-16
Turnovers 1 0
3rd Downs 1-7 5-11
4th Downs 0-1 0-0
Time of Possession 24:58 35:02

Alumni Bryan Sperry Touchdown 
David Beaty Press Conference Quotes

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas football team put its new high-energy, air-raid offense on display Saturday afternoon in front of 6,227 fans as the Blue team used a late surge to defeat the White team, 20-7, in the annual Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.

Trailing 7-3 near the end of the third quarter, junior quarterback Montell Cozart converted two touchdown passes, while junior kicker Matthew Wyman drilled a 28-yard field goal, capping a surge of 17-straight points in the final quarter for the Blue team. 
Both teams implemented the new offense throughout the four, 15-minute running-clock quarters, but with little success through the first three periods. The teams combined to score just three points in the first half, but a second half outburst by the Blue team ended the scoring drought.  
Both teams were held scoreless in the first period after Wyman missed on a 49-yard field goal attempt three minutes into the quarter.
Late in the second period senior quarterback Michael Cummings connected with senior wide receiver, Shakiem Barbel for a 22-yard gain the Blue squad attempted a 43-yard field goal which sophomore kicker, Ryan Weese missed. Several plays later, Weese would redeem himself by completing a 38-yard field goal attempt to give the Blue squad a 3-0 lead at the 4:38 mark which would hold heading to half time.
The White team was not going to let the Blue squad skate off that easy and at the 4:40 mark in the third period, senior linebacker Aaron Plump picked off a pass from Cozart at the 11-yard line which junior quarterback T.J. Millweard converted to a touchdown with a pass to junior tight end, Sebastian Fairchild. Wyman ended off the drive with a successful field goal to give White a 7-3 lead.
With White leading, no time on the clock and bragging rights on the line, Cozart connected with Barbel for a 19-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. Making his second successful PAT of the afternoon, Weese capped off the successful touchdown drive by completing the point-after to give Blue a 10-7 lead at the end of the third period.
The Blue team continued its late surge with a 38-yard field goal by Wyman to extend the lead out by six points, 13-7. After a three-and-out by White, Blue took over with 1:56 left in the spring season. Junior tight end Kent Taylor streaked up the sideline and caught an 85-yard pass from Cozart for a touchdown to end all hopes of a victory for the White team.
Cozart led all passers with 219 yards completing 16-of-26 attempts for two touchdowns. Taylor led all receivers with just two catches, highlighted by the 88-yard grab for a touchdown. Taylor was followed by Barbel who ended the afternoon with 78 yards and a score.