Tight end Billy Griggs caught two Brian Stevens passes for touchdowns and Wayne Morrison booted a pair of field goals to lift the underdog Orange team over the Blue, 20-12, in the University of Virginia's annual spring intrasquad scrimmage today at Scott Stadium.
A 47-yard Morrison field goal, a 14-yard touchdown reception by Griggs and an opportunistic defense allowed the Orange to jump ahead, 10-0, at the half. Blue quarterbacks Todd Kirtley and Mike Eck, who combined for only nine of 24 completions for 100 yards, were under heavy pressure all afternoon. They were sacked six times and suffered four interceptions, two of them by Keith Lee.
The Blue, which had such standouts as Kirtley, tailback Quentin Walker and all-ACC tackle Stuart Anderson, finally nudged ahead, 12-10, on a Walker five-yard run and a one-yard dive by Anderson in the third period.
"My scoring a touchdown surprised them, I think," said the 6-foot-3, 252-pound Anderson, who after three years as Virginia's top down lineman has been moved to inside linebacker this season. "Except for a few breakdowns defensively, I thought we played pretty well. Linebacker is not new to me since I played it in high school. But right now, I'm not real comfortable there; but it will come."
Just when the Blue was ready to assert itself, Eck was intercepted at the Orange 23 by Lee. The drive stalled, but Morrison connected on a 26-yard field goal for a 13-12 Orange lead with 4:53 remaining.
On the Blue's next series, Corwin Word picked off a Kirtley pass at the Blue 41. Five plays later, Stevens, six of 12 for 67 yards, found Griggs from 29 yards out to sew up the game.
Cavalier Coach Dick Bestwick, who watched from the press box, said he was "pleased with the enthusiasm, the attitude and the overall conditioning" of his players.
"There are no winners in a game like this, you just want to come out of it with no serious injuries," Bestwick said.