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White Blasts Blue 60-0 in UTEP Spring Game




Trevor Vittatoe threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, leading the White to a 60-0 victory over the Blue in UTEP’s 2007 spring football game on Friday night in the Sun Bowl.

“We’re still undefeated,” UTEP coach Mike Price said after the game. “I thought every one of the quarterbacks had their moments. I was really pleased with the running game. We’re blocking better. I didn’t think we could score that many points. I was worried about how the offense would do.”

Vittatoe connected with Donald Buckram and Tufick Shadrawy for long scoring plays in the first half as the White composed primarily of first-string players -- built a 24-0 lead. The White scored three touchdowns in the second quarter.

The White collected its first touchdown with 53 seconds left in the first quarter on a one-yard run by Marcus Thomas. Thomas rushed four times for 39 yards on the six-play, 73-yard drive.

Vittatoe hit Buckram for a 45-yard score with 7:28 to go in the second period. Buckram picked up his second TD of the half with 4:21 remaining on a 19-yard run.

Later Vittatoe found Shadrawy for a 54-yard touchdown and the 24-point cushion at the midway point.

The lead grew to 30-0 with 4:39 left in the third quarter after Thomas rushed for a one-yard score. The White defense got into the scoring act with 3:21 to play in the period, as Tim McCullouch picked off Blue signal-caller Kyle Wright and ran for a 73-yard TD.

The White tacked on four more touchdowns in the fourth quarter a one-yard run by Terrell Jackson, a 32-yard pass from James Thomas to Kris Adams, a 47-yard pass from Lorne Sam to Brandon Jordan and a 51-yard interception return by Anthony Morrow.

Sam finished 5-for-13 passing for 135 yards and a TD. Wright led the Blue team, hitting on 11-of-20 attempts for 49 yards with two interceptions.

The leading rusher was Marcus Thomas, who compiled 69 yards on 10 carries. Jason Williams ran for 65 yards on nine attempts while playing for both teams. Jackson also split time on both squads, rushing for 53 yards on seven carries.

Jeff Moturi caught five passes for a game-high 78 yards, and Shadrawy finished with 61 yards on two receptions. Local product Josh Fematt paced the Blue squad with four catches for 23 yards.

McCullouch was credited with a game-high 10 tackles. White defenders teamed to make four interceptions one each by McCullouch, Morrow, Josh Ferguson and Torrey Huckaby. Brandis Dew, who completed six-of-13 passes for 39 yards for the Blue, tossed a pair of picks.

White outgained Blue in total offense, 610-92, with 353 yards passing and 257 rushing. White averaged 9.8 yards per play and scored on 10 of 13 possessions.

Greg Hiett and Kyle Peterson combined to punt seven times for 286 yards. Peterson boomed four punts for a 44.8-yard average, and Hiett had three punts averaging 35.7 yards.

Price said UTEP’s five-man quarterback battle would continue to be waged throughout the summer and into two-a-day drills in August.

“We have to develop our offense so we use the strengths of our quarterbacks,” he said. “Vittatoe, for a freshman, showed a lot of composure [tonight]. There are certain plays that Lorne Sam can run better than others, and we’re in the process of determining them. Brandis Dew threw some rockets tonight, and he threw a couple of bad ones. Wright looks good every time he gets in, and James Thomas looked good when he got in there with the first team in the fourth quarter.”

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