The Red Team's Ramik Wilson breaks a tackle on an interception return during the first half of G-Day, the University of Georgia NCAA college spring football game in Athens, Ga., Saturday, April 14, 2012. (AP Photo/ Athens & The Athens Banner-Herald, AJ Reynolds) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT
ATHENS -- So much for a boring football scrimmage to close out spring practice at Georgia.
In front of 44,117 fans at Sanford Stadium, the Red team pulled out a 32-31 win over the Black team in a G-Day game that featured just about every scoring possibility except a special teams' touchdown and a safety.
There were rushing, passing and defensive touchdowns, field goals, extra points and even a couple of two-point conversions -- one the unconventional way.
"It was a great day for Georgia," said head coach Mark Richt. "I feel like everyone enjoyed the game. I thought there were a lot of offensive plays that were made today. When you look at it, the defense was scoring, too. I thought both sides played well. It was exciting."
Adam Erickson opened the scoring with a 46-yard field goal with 3:30 left in the first quarter to give the Black team a 3-0 lead.
The Red team answered with 6-yard touchdown run by Ken Malcome to make it 7-3 with 11:09 to go in the second quarter.
After Ramik Wilson picked off Christian LeMay, the Red team got a 26-yard field goal from Lindley with 9:01 left in the first half to make it 10-3.
The Red team opened the second half with a quick score from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King for 33 yards to make it 17-3 with 9:27 left in the third quarter.
But the Black team answered with a pair of third-quarter TDs to tie the game at 17-17.
Hutson Mason hit Rhett McGowan on a 7-yard TD toss with 7:42 left and Richard Samuel IV scored on a 3-yard run with 2:58 remaining.
In the fourth quarter, Mason fumbled in the end zone and Garrison Smith recovered the football for a TD.
Then the Black team turned to some trickery as Erickson, on to try the point-after kick, took a direct snap and walked into the end zone for a two-point conversation and 25-17 with 9:46 left.
Erickson walked in, primarily because the Red team didn't field a defensive extra-point team since all kicks during the game went undefended by rule.
The Red team came right back and tied the game at 25 when Malcome scored again, this time from 10 yards with 5:50 to go.
Then the Red team turned to the two-point of its own. And even though the Black team did defend it, Mason found King in the end zone and the game was knotted at 25-25.
That only set the stage for the most exciting action of the day.
With 1:40 left in the game, Red team outside linebacker Reuben Faloughi knocked the ball away from Black team quarterback Parker Moore and Ricky Lowe caught it in mid-air and sprinted 68 yards for the go-ahead TD and a 32-25 lead.
But the Black team wasn't finished.
LeMay hit tight end Jay Rome on a 66-yard scoring strike with 59 seconds left to make it 32-31.
But LeMay's two-point conversion pass to McGowan missed to close out the contest.
Samuel led all rushers with 43 yards on eight carries and a TD while Malcome finished with 32 yards on eight attempts and two TD.
Isaiah Crowell had 39 yards on 10 carries.
LeMay was 7-for-10 for 154 yards, one TD pass and one interception while Murray was 7-for-17 for 112 yards and one TD pass.
Former Wesleyan star Kyle Karempelis ran for three yards on two carries, but also caught three passes for 25 yards.
Running back Brandon Harton led all receivers with six catches for 52 yards.