WKU FOOTBALL | White Team Wins Spring Game

04/22/2017 11:51 PM

Mike Sanford’s first spring game as head coach at Western Kentucky University began as exciting as their season ended, with a 90-yard touchdown return for the Red squad’s sophomore WR Devin Nixon.

The first turnover of the day came with 45 seconds to go in the first quarter when Red team’s freshman running back Teawonn Ligon carry was stripped and recovered in the red zone the White team’s Chris Johnson. At the end of the first quarter, the score remained 7-0 in favor of the red squad.

Quentin Baker got in the end zone on a 38-yard run for the White team early in the second quarter to even the score, 7-7 with 10:44 until halftime. Five minutes later, Red Team’s Skyler Simcox kicked a 40-yard field goal to make the score 10-7, Red Team. Just before the half, Baker got loose again for a 74-yard touchdown run to give the White Squad a 14-10 lead. With seconds on the clock, Alex Rinella nails a 41-yard field goal to give the White team a seven point lead heading into the locker room.

The second half opened in similar fashion to the first, a touchdown returned for a touchdown from Kylen Tower for the White team, giving them a 24-10 advantage. Red answered with a 33-yard field goal kicked by Ryan Nuss. Quentin Baker found the end zone, again, on a 47-yard run to give the White team a 31-13 advantage in the third quarter.

To start the fourth quarter, Drew Eckles connected with Lucky Jackson for another White Squad score, giving them a 38-13 lead. Late in the fourth, Eckles found former WR Taywan Taylor in the end zone for a touchdown— which they counted.

The final score was WKU White Team- 45, WKU Red Team- 13.The starters were mixed between the two teams after a coach’s draft on Monday. Mike Sanford says the White squad will get to eat steaks and seafood, while Red is stuck with hotdogs and hamburgers after the game.

Rising sophomore Quentin Baker finished with three touchdowns. Quin Jernighan, Xavier Lane and Kylen Towner each had receptions for 20-yards or more.

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Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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