Kyle Parker completed 13 of 21 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown to lead the White to a 30-13 victory over the Orange before a record crowd estimated at 24,000 Saturday at the Tiger Spring Game at Memorial Stadium.
Parker also rushed for 27 yards and another touchdown and showed improvisational skills under pressure. Coach Dabo Swinney said Parker finished spring practice with his four best daily performances.
Willy Korn, the other candidate for the starting quarterback job, completed 12 of 25 for 144 yards with two interceptions. Korn had an apparent touchdown run of more than 50 yards called back because an official felt he had been touched (quarterbacks were not tackled) by a defender.
After the game, Tiger coach Dabo Swinney said there was still no clear-cut choice between Parker and Korn, though offensive coordinator Billy Napier said he was beginning to form a “pecking order.”
Parker left the stadium early to play in the Tiger baseball team’s 3:30 p.m. game against Miami. Crezdon Butler had perhaps the day’s biggest play, picking off a deflected pass from Michael Wade and returning it 32 yards for a touchdown that gave the White a 14-0 advantage.
The White’s Jamie Harper rushed for 83 yards on 21 carries. White tight end Michael Palmer was the game’s top receiver with 86 yards on five catches, including a 38-yard reception on a pass from Wade, who played for both teams.
Marquan Jones had two catches for 32 yards for the Orange. Andre Ellington had 29 yards on nine carries for White.
The kickers were perfect on extra-point and field-goal attempts. Steven Jackson made three extra points and field goals of 27, 32 and 44 yards. Spencer Benton made his only extra-point try and field goals of 39 and 28 yards.
The teams combined for eight touch sacks. Bowers had two, but had several other quarterback pressures on Korn. White defensive tackle had a game-high six tackles.
Rashard Hall and Kantrell Brown intercepted Korn passes – both in the red zone.