WAYNE, Neb. | The offense was impressive in the first half while the defense took over in the second half as the Gold (offense) topped the Black (defense) 65-50 Saturday in the annual Wayne State football spring scrimmage that concluded spring drills for 2015.
Starting quarterback Zach Osborn guided the offense to scoring drives on both of his possessions in the first half. A 6-yard pass to Nick Roth on the opening series followed by a Ryan Ludlow 22-yard run on the other series led by Osborn in the first half.
The defense forced a pair of three-and-out series in the first half on series run by backup quarterbacks Layne Sullivan and Taylor Reedy, both redshirt freshmen.
The second half saw the defense step up, forcing four three-and-out series in the seven series that were run in the second half. Sullivan led an impressive scoring drive for the lone touchdown in the second half, capping the drive with a 31-yard option keeper for the score.
Sullivan was the top rusher in the spring scrimmage with five carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Ludlow followed with 34 yards on 10 attempts and one TD. Other rushers included Lane Yates with 18 yards on seven carries, Alex Kline recorded 17 yards on seven rushes with Osborn gaining 10 yards on three attempts.
Throwing the ball, Osborn started the day completing 8 of his first 10 passes before finishing 10 of 17 with one touchdown. Sullivan and Reedy were 4 of 7 and 3 of 9 respectively.
Jonathan Parks was the top receiver with four catches for 69 yards followed by tight end Eric Lammers with four grabs for 47 yards. Redshirt freshman Jacob Hjorth had three catches for 26 yards with Nick Roth accounting for two catches for six yards and one TD.
The Wildcat defense recorded two sacks and had seven pass breakups. Linebacker Nate Kroupa had a team-high six tackles followed by Jon Davis and Nathan Weatherby with four stops each.
Wayne State will open the 2015 season at home on Saturday, Sept. 5 hosting Minnesota Crookston in a 1 p.m. game at Bob Cunningham Field in Wayne.