Justin Fields and Matthew Baldwin Combine For Four Touchdowns, Jahsen Wint Intercepts Two Passes As Gray Defeats Scarlet, 35-17, in 2019 Ohio State Spring Game

By Dan Hope on April 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm
Jahsen Wint

Saturday's spring game started out slow on the scoreboard, but it was followed by a flurry of points in the second quarter.

Neither team scored in the first quarter of the game, but that changed quickly after Amir Riep intercepted a pass from Matthew Baldwin on the second play of the second quarter. Baldwin, who spent most of the game with Scarlet and the second-team offense, threw a pass slightly behind Jaelen Gill and Riep tipped the ball to himself before returning the ball to the 20-yard line.

  1 2 3 4 F
SCARLET 0 10 7 0 17
GRAY 0 28 7 0 35

Three plays later, Master Teague ran the ball into the end zone from one yard out to score the game's first touchdown for Gray.

Baldwin bounced back on the next drive with some help from his former Lake Travis High School teammate Garrett Wilson, who leaped up over Sevyn Banks to catch a 50/50 ball from Baldwin for an 18-yard touchdown reception.

Justin Fields – who played exclusively for the Gray team, which featured the first-team offense – responded by leading a touchdown drive of his own, capped off by a 5-yard run, to put Gray back in front, 14-7.

Baldwin threw his second interception of the game on Scarlet's next possession. He attempted to complete a deep pass against double coverage, but Jahsen Wint picked it off at the 2-yard line. 

Three plays later, Fields completed a deep ball to Binjimen Victor, who leaped up for a catch against walk-on cornerback Lloyd McFarquhar, leaving him with nothing but green grass in front of him to run for a 98-yard touchdown, extending the Gray lead to 21-7.

Wint followed up by making his second interception in as many plays on the very next play, picking off another deep ball thrown into double coverage, this time by Chris Chugunov.

Baldwin entered the game for Gray on the subsequent series, and led a six-play, 52-yard touchdown drive capped off by an 8-yard scoring pass to C.J. Saunders.

Following a 59-yard catch-and-run by Ellijah Gardiner on a pass from Chugunov, Blake Haubeil capped the first half with a 23-yard field goal, cutting Gray's lead to 28-10 entering halftime.

Both teams scored on their opening possessions of the second half, with early enrollee running back Marcus Crowley capping Scarlet's first possession with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Teague breaking free for a 22-yard touchdown run on Gray's first third-quarter drive. Those would be the final scoring plays of the game.

Fields finished the game with four completions on 13 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, and added 38 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Baldwin completed 20 of 36 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, with a net loss of two yards on four rushing attempts (including sacks).

Game Notes

  • Dozens of former Ohio State players attended Saturday's game, including, among many others: Dwayne Haskins, Braxton Miller, Ezekiel Elliott, Mike Weber, Ted Ginn Jr., Michael Thomas, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Johnnie Dixon, Jamarco Jones, Malcolm Pridgeon, Michael Jordan, Demetrius Knox, Isaiah Prince, Pat Elflein, Tyquan Lewis, Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Dre'Mont Jones, Darron Lee, Denzel Ward, Malik Hooker and Sean Nuernberger.
  • Tuf Borland (who did not play due to injury) and Jonathon Cooper represented the Scarlet team (which had the first-team defense) as captains, while K.J. Hill and Luke Farrell were the captains for team Gray and the first-team offense. 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George was the honorary captain for Saturday's game.
  • Drue Chrisman proposed to his girlfriend at halftime. She said yes.
  • 61,102 people attended Saturday's game.
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