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Swoopes Gets His Shot in Spring Game
Updated: Saturday, April 19 2014, 10:36 PM CDT
Malcolm Brown rushed for 82 yards on 20 carries and Tyrone Swoopes threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Texas squad to a 38-14 victory over the Longhorns team in Saturday’s annual Orange-White scrimmage at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Swoopes completed 17 of 30 passes for Texas, which featured the first-team offense and No. 2 defense. Six of his passes were completed to Jaxon Shipley, who had 95 receiving yards, including a 44-yard touchdown catch midway through the fourth quarter from the sophomore signal-caller.
Miles Onyegbule took most of the quarterback snaps for the Longhorns, who were made up the second-team offense and No. 1 defense. The senior, who has spent most of his career at tight end or wide receiver, completed 5 of 10 passes for 60 yards.
Swoopes and Onyegbule were each sacked four times, though the quarterbacks could not be tackled in the first Orange-White scrimmage under first-year head coach Charlie Strong and played without a number of key performers including QB David Ash, RB Johnathan Gray and LB Jordan Hicks.
Cedric Reed, who had 10 sacks last season, dropped Onyegbule twice behind the line of scrimmage and also had two quarterback hurries for Texas, which had nine tackles for loss.
Caleb Bluiett matched Demarco Cobbs for Longhorn team-high tackle honors with eight apiece. Bluiett also had two sacks and one pass breakup. Bryson Echols had three of the six breakups for the Longhorns.
Josh Turner and Mykkele Thompson each had interceptions for Texas. Thompson intercepted Onyegbule and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 7-all with 1:51 left in the first quarter.
That touchdown started a string of six straight scores for Texas.
Brown capped off a 15-play, 91-yard drive with and 11-yard touchdown run to give Texas a 17-7 with a 1:24 left in the first half.
Turner’s interception on the ensuing possession gave Texas the ball at the Longhorns 42.
Swoopes, who started the game 2-for-9 for 9 yards, hit Daje Johnson for a 42-yard ‘Hail Mary’ touchdown on the final play of the half. After his cold start, Swoopes completed 8 of his next 10 attempts. The last five Texas possessions ended in scores, including four touchdowns.
Swoopes and Brown connected on a 6-yard touchdown to push the lead to 31-7 with 1:09 left in the third quarter.
After Swoopes hit Shipley down the right sideline on their 44-yard touchdown connection with 6:54 left in the game, Trey Holtz directed the Longhorns on their second scoring drive. He was 5-for-7 for 55 yards on the possession, including a 22-yard touchdown to John Harris, the final play of the game.
• Former place-kicker/punter Anthony Fera was presented with the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Specialist Trophy at halftime. Fera excelled for the Longhorns while handling both place-kicking and punting last season. He connected on 20 of 22 field goals and averaged 40.7 yards on 75 punts. His 90.9 percent field-goal accuracy ranks second on the UT all-time single-season list. Fera became the first place-kicker in school history to earn consensus All-America honors. The Cypress, Texas, native, who was a Lou Groza Award finalist, had a streak of 15 consecutive field goals that matched Phil Dawson's school record (1996-97), this season.
• There were 14 players who missed today’s scrimmage including QB David Ash, RB Joe Bergeron, DT Paul Boyette Jr., TE Greg Daniels, LB Deoundrei Davis, FB Alex De la Torre, CB Sheroid Evans, RB Johnathan Gray, LB Jordan Hicks, S Erik Huhn, LB Tevin Jackson, WR Jake Oliver, RT Kent Perkins and LB Kendall Thompson. All but Bergeron (personal) missed the scrimmage due to injury.