White Blanks Purple in Spring Game

MANHATTAN, Kan. Carson Coffman tossed a pair of touchdowns and the White defense held the Purple squad to zero yards of total offense in a 19-0 shutout of the Purple in the 2007 Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

The victory extended the White’s win streak to three straight, and the defensive coordinator has now won both games since K-State changed its spring-game format last year.

The White defense held the Purple squad to just 44 passing yards and minus-44 on the ground for a net of zero yards. Terry Petrie led all rushers with 54 yards on 11 carries, while James Johnson had 36 yards on five carries, including a long of 33.

White captured an early 2-0 lead at the 7:27 mark of the first quarter as the Purple snapped its first punt attempt over the head of punter Cole Brokenicky into the back of the end zone. The White first broke into the end zone as Coffman hit Matt Wykes for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 10 minutes left in the half. The three-play, 19-yard drive was set up by Bryan Baldwin’s 34-yard interception return off of a Josh Freeman pass attempt.

Freeman threw his second interception early in the second half as Ray Cheatham picked off the sophomore-to-be with 13:33 left in the third quarter. The White broke out the trickery on its first offensive play when Cedric Wilson took a reverse around the right side, but Courtney Herndon was there to greet him with a jarring blow that knocked Wilson’s helmet off. The White was unable to pick up a first down on the possession, but Jared Parker delivered a 50-yard field goal to push the White team’s margin to 12-0.

A Jeremy James fumble on the Purple’s own three-yard line with 2:38 set up the White’s final score, a five-yard pass from Coffman to Toney Coleman.

Freeman finished the afternoon 9-of-22 for 44 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Defensively, Davyon McGhee and John Houlik led the Purple squad with five tackles each from their linebacker spot, while Justin Roland and Justin McKinney added four each.

Linebacker Reggie Walker paced the White defense and led all tacklers with six solo stops, two of which went for losses, while Rob Jackson (3 total tackles) and Marcus Perry each recorded a sack. Punter Tim Reyer had a solid outing as all five of his punts were downed inside the 20, including a long of 49 yards.

Kansas State opens its 2007 schedule at Auburn on Saturday, Sept. 1.