Saban: LSU game management needs work

Updated: April 25, 2004, 1:53 AM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. --Dwayne Bowe caught two touchdown passes, one each from quarterback Marcus Randall and running back Alley Broussard, as the White squad beat the Purple team 22-3 Saturday afternoon.

The win snapped a four-game winning streak for the Purple squad.

"I was really pleased with the effort and the intensity that we played with," said LSU head coach Nick Saban. "I thought this group of players really tried to have fun with this game.

The White team never trailed as they capitalized on a safety early in the first quarter when deep snapper Ben Wilkerson snapped the ball over the head of punter Patrick Fisher, who was then tackled in the end zone.

The White team scored with 7:11 left in the first quarter on a 30-yard pass from Randall to Bowe to lead 9-0. Chris Jackson added a 22-yard field goal four minutes later to make it 12-0.

Early in the second quarter, a 41-yard reception by Corey Webster from Randall set up a 26-yard field goal, which made it 15-0 for the White team.

The Purple cut the deficit to 15-3 at halftime on a 28-yard field goal by Ryan Gaudet. The key play in the Purple drive was a 36-yard catch-and-run by Joseph Addai.

With 11:57 left in the fourth, Broussard found Bowe with a 20-yard half back pass for the touchdown. The one-play, eight-second drive was setup when Keron Gordon returned an interception 36 yards to the Purple 20-yard line.

For the game, Justin Vincent and Shyrone Carey led all rushers with 38 yards on seven carries, while Alley Broussard had 22 yards on six attempts.

Randall connected on 9-of-23 passes for 131 yards and one score, while Russell, who played for both teams, completed 9-of-21 passes for 128 yards. On the Purple team, Matt Flynn was 12-of-28 with one interception for 112 yards.

Bowe led all receivers with 93 yards and two TDs on five catches, while Skyler Green added four catches for 36 yards. Addai finished with three receptions for 66 yards and Webster had a pair of catches for 50 yards.

Defensively, the White team combined for eight sacks, with defensive tackle Melvin Oliver getting three for 27-yards in losses. Ryan Willis and Claude Wroten each had a pair of sacks for the White squad, while Jesse Daniels and Travis Daniels paced the Purple team with six tackles each.

"The execution was not what we would want it to be. We had more penalties than what I would like to see even in the spring game," Saban said. "Some of them were just little things, and the game management part of it for the young quarterbacks was not what we wanted to see."


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