Maryland fullback Dave D'Addio scored two touchdowns in yesterday's Red-White spring game and quarterback Boomer Esiason, playing in only one complete quarter, completed seven of eight passes for 108 yards to lead the White over the Red, 24-22.
After the 44-minute intrasquad game at Byrd Stadium, Coach Bobby Ross said, "All our problems haven't been solved yet, but the kids worked really hard and down the road, we'll get better."
The Red team scored on its first possession, using more than five minutes on a drive dominated by sophomore running back Rick Badanjek, who rushed for a game-high 77 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Frank Reich scored from the four after faking to fullback Joe Brkovich off left tackle and bootlegging the ball around the opposite end and into the end zone.
All-Atlantic Coast Conference player and White team captain Esiason, playing in his last spring game, took little time to tie the score at 7. His quick, precise passes of eight and 43 yards to wide receiver Greg Hill, who had five receptions on the day for 84 yards, seemed effortless. After his White team gained 59 yards in seven plays, fullback D'Addio scored with a dive over center Kevin Glover.
"D'Addio had a good day and a good spring," Ross said. "He's improved tremendously since last year."
D'Addio scored again on the White's second possession, this time with a six-yard run off right guard. But it was Esiason's strong left arm that set up the score after a series of down-and-outs and quick hooks to Hill, the quick junior receiver from Seat Pleasant.
Reserve quarterback Barry Waseleski, replacing Esiason in the second quarter, scored from the one after a 66-yard drive. The White team lead at the half, 21-7.
In the third quarter, junior kicker Jess Atkinson made it 24-7 with a 43-yard field goal that landed on the runway of the long-jump pit, 12 yards past the uprights.
With 9:21 to go in the fourth quarter, Reich, scrambling out of the pocket and throwing against the grain, hit receiver Russell Davis on a lob over the middle. Davis outran the defensive perimeter to the corner flag to make it 24-14.
Play was sluggish in the fourth quarter; the students seemed more interested in absorbing the sun than the rough and tumble play in Byrd Stadium. But on their last possession, the Red scored quickly with Badanjek's two-yard run. A 51-yard pass from Reich to tight end Bill Rogers set up that score. The two-point conversion ended the scoring.