TOWSON, Md. – The White Team narrowly edged the Black Team, 10-9, during Tiger Bowl V at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Team was made up of first team offense and second team defense, while the White Team was first team defense and second team offense.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Ellis Knudson made the first big play of the day, connecting with redshirt sophomore wide receiver Brian Matthews for a 42-yard gain during the White Teams first possession.
The drive stalled after that though and the Black Team immediately capitalized. Junior quarterback Heath Dahlgren made his first of three big passing plays on the afternoon when he hit senior wide out Joe McCargo for a 60-yard touchdown to give the Black Team an early 7-0 lead.
Redshirt freshman Tyron McDade made the first big defensive play of the day for the Black Team when he scooped a fumble around midfield and ran it back 20 yards to the 30. After the fumble recovery, junior running back Darius Victor had an 18 yard run to set the Black Team up inside the red zone, but the drive stalled when redshirt junior Bryton Barr sacked Knudson.
Still trailing 7-0 early in the second quarter, the White Team got on the board when Dahlgren (who played for both teams) hit Penn State transfer Richy Anderson on a screen pass that allowed the sophomore wide receiver to show off his speed and turn it into an 80-yard touchdown to make it 7-6.
Numerous Tigers made big plays on defensive side of the ball the rest of the way. Junior linebacker Eric Handy and junior defensive end D’Sean Cummings made tackles for loss in the backfield, and redshirt senior defensive tackle Jon Desir recorded a sack. Junior safety Romell Haley also scooped a fumble for the final turnover of the game.
Matthews continued to be the star on the offensive side of the ball in a second half that featured a running clock and no touchdowns. The sophomore hauled in a 53-yard pass from Dahlgren and a 30-yard pass from redshirt senior quarterback Connor Frazier in the second half.
Senior kicker Sam Hurwitz made a 38-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the White Team a 9-7 lead, but redshirt freshman kicker Danny Sutton connected on a 37-yard field goal for the final points of the game to give the Black Team a 10-9 victory.