COLUMBUS, Ohio — The most important thing that can occur in any spring game is for everybody to leave as healthy as they were when they arrived, and that's exactly what happened on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.
In the meantime, 61,058 watched Ohio State's Gray squad score 17 unanswered points to come away with the 17-7 victory over the Scarlet team.
The Scarlet team, which featured the bulk of the #1 offense, got the scoring started via their defense when defensive end Rashad Frazier raced around left tackle Kyle Dodson and stripped quarterback J.T. Barrett of the football in the endzone. Frazier then recovered the ball for a touchdown.
That would be the only score for the Scarlet offense on the day, as the Gray defense limited the Scarlet to just 185 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Cardale Jones completed 14-31 passes for 126 yards with a long of 33 yards. He threw no touchdowns or interceptions and was sacked twice. He also led the team with 28 yards rushing on eight carries.
Receiver Corey Smith led the Scarlet team with five receptions for 72 yards, with 67 of those yards coming in the second half.
Tailback Ezekiel Elliott only played a handful of snaps, rushing for 16 yards on three carries. Freshman Curtis Samuel finished with 11 yards rushing on six carries, and also caught three passes for 17 yards.
The Gray defense was paced by defensive end Tyquan Lewis, who was credited with two sacks, as well as linebackers Raekwon McMillan (5 tackles) and Darron Lee (4 tackles).
On one play in particular, McMillan was instrumental in keeping the Scarlet offense out of the endzone when he chased down Corey Smith on an end around near the endzone. While getting tackled, Smith reached the ball out for the endzone, fumbling it through the endzone for a touchback in the process.
Gray quarterback J.T. Barrett was 17-33 passing for 151 yards. He also threw no touchdowns or interceptions, and was sacked three times. He rushed for 21 yards, but would have had much more were it not for the touch rule.
Barrett's top target was receiver Michael Thomas, who finished with six receptions for 64 yards, making a living over the short middle of the field.
Running back Warren Ball led all teams in rushing with 55 yards on eight carries, with a long run of 20 yards. Bri'onte Dunn finished with 35 yards on six carries. Both tailbacks scored touchdowns on short carries, with Ball's run capping the scoring on the afternoon.
Perhaps the star of the day, however, was Scarlet linebacker Chris Worley, who finished with nine tackles. Worley's name was called constantly in the first half as he ran from sideline to sideline making tackle after tackle.
Walk-on cornerback Nik Sarac finished with five tackles and a pass breakup. Redshirt freshman cornerback Eli Apple continued his strong spring with two pass breakups of his own.
For the most part, starters were given very limited reps, and in the case of the first-team defensive line, they were held out of the game entirely. Other players such as Dontre Wilson, Doran Grant and Pat Elflein were held out as well.
J.T. Barrett 17-33-151 yards
Warren Ball 8-55 (6.9 avg) 1 TD
Bri'onte Dunn 6-35 (5.8 avg) 1 TD
J.T. Barrett 6-21 (3.5 avg)
Michael Thomas 6-64
Nick Vannett 4-35
Jeff Greene 2-18
Johnnie Dixon 2-14
Frank Epitropoulos 1-9
Warren Ball 1-8
Bri'onte Dunn 1-3
Tyquan Lewis 5 tkls, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss
Joe Burger 5 tkls
Raekwon McMillan 5 tkls
Darron Lee 4 tkls, 1 PBU
Ron Tanner 4 tkls, 1 tackle for loss
Armani Reeves 3 tkls, 2 PBU
Cam Burrows 3 tkls, 1 PBU
Joshua Perry 2 tkls
Parry 2 tkls, 1 tackle for loss, 1 PBU
Chris Carter 1 tkl
Gareon Conley 1 PBU
Craig Fada 1 PBU
Cardale Jones 14-31-126 yards
Stephen Collier 0-1
Cardale Jones 8-28 (3.5 avg)
Ezekiel Elliott 3-16 (5.3 avg)
Curtis Samuel 6-11 (1.8 avg)
Corey Smith 1-4 (4.0 avg)
Corey Smith 5-72
Kato Mitchell 4-23
Curtis Samuel 3-17
Devonte Butler 1-10
Marcus Baugh 1-4
Chris Worley 9 tkls, 1 tackle for loss
Nik Sarac 5 tkls, 1 PBU
Steve Miller 4 tkls
Trey Johnson 4 tkls
Ron Tanner 3 tkls
Michael Hill 3 tkls, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss
Curtis Grant 3 tkls
Camren Williams 3 tkls
Jayme Thompson 3 tkls
Rashad Frazier 2 tkls, 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, 1 FF, 1 FR
Eli Apple 2 tkls, 2 PBU
Parry 1 tkl
Michael Cibene 1 tkl
Donovan Munger 1 tkl
Cameron Johnston 6-269 yards (44.8 avg), 3 inside the 20