White Team Defeats Maroons in Tech Spring Football Game
Davis and Ward post touchdowns
April 29, 2000

BLACKSBURG, Va. - André Davis returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown to lead the Maroon team, but tailback Wayne Ward's 1-yard touchdown run with 7:12 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the White team a 10-7 victory in the annual Maroon-White spring football game Saturday in front of 21,000 fans at Lane Stadium/Worsham Field.

After a scoreless first quarter, Davis put the Maroon team on the board with 35 seconds left in the first half with his 84-yard punt return. Freshman kicker Jon Mollerup added the extra point to give the Maroon team a 7-0 halftime lead.

The White team came back to start the second half when freshman kicker Carter Warley drilled a field goal from 35 yards out to cut the lead to 7-3.

Later in the third quarter, the White team got good field position from defensive tackle David Pugh when he recovered a fumble on an exchange from quarterback Dave Meyer to tailback Lee Suggs. The White team took over at the Maroon 32-yard line and scored four plays later on the 1-yard run by Ward with 7:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. That drive was highlighted by a 29-yard pass from quarterback Grant Noel to Emmett Johnson.

Quarterback Michael Vick, who led the Maroon team, finished 2-of-11 passing for 26 yards and one interception. Meyer, who also played on the Maroon team, finished 1-for-7 passing for 50 yards, highlighted by a 50-yard strike to freshman flanker Andraé Harrison.

Suggs was voted the game's most valuable offensive player by the media. The redshirt sophomore from Roanoke, Va., rushed 12 times for 72 yards to lead the Maroon rushing attack. Cory Bird, a senior from Mays Landing, N.J., was voted the most valuable defensive player after registering a game-high nine tackles, one fumble recovery and a 27-yard interception return for the Maroon team.

Noel led the White team on 3-of-11 passing for 44 yards and one interception. Noel also rushed for 27 yards. Johnson was the White team's leading receiver on one catch for 29 yards.

Pugh led the White team with six tackles, including a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Linebacker Ben Taylor had five tackles, while Kevin Lewis, Jake Houseright and Billy Hardee had four tackles each. Hardee also added an interception in the game. The Maroon team got six tackles from linebacker Chris Buie and four tackles each from Philip Hicks and Nathaniel Adibi.

During halftime ceremonies, nine Tech players won spring practice awards. Offensive center Jake Grove and Adibi were winners of the Paul Torgersen Award as the team's top newcomers. The Dr. Richard Bullock Award for most improved players went to tackle Anthony Davis and free safety Willie Pile. Tight end Browning Wynn, defensive back Larry Austin and Bird won the Frank O Moseley Award as the top hustlers of the spring. Offensive guard Matt Lehr and linebacker Ben Taylor took the George Preas Award as the Hokies' most valuable performers of the spring.

Tech, which finished 11-1 last year and played for the National Championship in the Sugar Bowl, is scheduled to open its 2000 season in Blacksburg against Georgia Tech in the BCA Bowl on Aug. 27.