FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas ended a chaotic spring caused by the firing of coach Bobby Petrino with a scrimmage that showed the Razorbacks still have reasons to be hopeful for a good season.
Tyler Wilson was 31 of 41 passing for 467 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Red team to a 65-0 win over the White in the spring game.
Petrino was fired April 10 following the revelation that he hired his mistress to a position in the football program and had paid her $20,000. Arkansas did its best to put Petrino behind it Saturday, taking the field in front of an announced crowd of 45,250 – besting last season’s previous best of 42,000.
Wilson threw for 404 yards in the first half. Chris Gragg caught two TD passes.
PENN STATE: In State College, Pa., nearly four months after taking the Nittany Lions job, Bill O’Brien made his sideline debut as Penn State closed out spring practice with the annual Blue-White game Saturday.
It was the most visible step forward so far for a football program transitioning from the 46-year tenure of O’Brien’s predecessor, the late Joe Paterno.
“It’s a great place … and it was really neat to run out with that team,” O’Brien said afterward. “It was a fun day for me to coach a spring game in Beaver Stadium.”
OHIO STATE: In Columbus, Ohio, Urban Meyer opened his first spring game at Ohio State with his players gathered at midfield for a series of one-on-one battles.
It started with defensive tackle John Simon and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort pushing and shoving like sumo wrestlers until one appeared to have the upper hand. Even the top two quarterbacks, Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton, went at it.
“I’ve got a little bit of a quick whistle when some of those guys are in there,” Meyer said with a grin. “I just wanted some good energy in there. Our quarterbacks, like anybody else, they’ve got to put their nose on people. You have to be very careful and very smart. And sometimes I’m accused of neither.”
Rod Smith ran for a 7-yard touchdown with 5:29 left and Christian Bryant made it stand up with a late interception to lead the Scarlet to a 20-14 victory over the Gray.
NOTRE DAME: In South Bend, Ind., Everett Golson threw for two touchdowns in Notre Dame’s quarterback competition during the Fighting Irish’s spring game Saturday.
Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Gunner Kiel each had an interception.
Coach Brian Kelly elected to rotate Rees, Hendrix and Golson on alternating possessions in the first half and then allowed Kiel to run all the plays in the 16-minute running clock second half. Kiel was 5 of 9 for 57 yards.
Golson completed 11 of 15 passes for 120 yards and ran for 25 yards on six carries. Rees was 7 of 14 for 84 yards and Hendrix was 4 of 9 for 51 yards and a touchdown.
TENNESSEE: In Knoxville, Tenn., running back Marlin Lane rushed for two touchdowns and 106 yards on nine carries to give the Orange a narrow 17-14 victory over the White team Saturday in Tennessee’s annual spring game.