Football Scout Teams Battle It Out In Super Buster Bowl


Nov. 14, 1999

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Sunday night at Memorial Stadium the Illinois football squad held their final "Buster Bowl" of the season, dubbed the "Super Buster Bowl." The Buster Bowl is the weekly Sunday night scrimmage between the scout team offense and defense. For the final Buster Bowl of the season, the stakes were high. The winning squad's dinner was from the training table, while the losers had to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The Orange (defense) squad defeated the Blue (offense) squad 14-11. The scoring system rewarded points to the defense for stopping drives, forcing turnovers, and tackles for loss, while the offense used conventional scoring for touchdowns, field goals, etc.

Freshman Dustin Ward (Champaign, Ill./Centennial) was the quarterback and unofficially completed 11 of 25 passes for 51 yards and one interception (by Anthony Julian). Senior fullback Ivery Lewis (Danville, Ill./Danville) carried the ball 11 times for 40 yards and the scrimmage's only touchdown, a one-yard run. Two freshman got the bulk of the carries, Quincy Washington (Champaign, Ill./Centennial) rushed for 50 yards on four carries and Carey Davis (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central) rushed eight times for 59 yards.

On defense, freshman defensive end Tim McGill (Chicago, Ill./Lake View) knocked down two passes at the line of scrimmage and freshman defensive tackle Shaheed Richardson (Fontana, Calif./A.B. Miller) registered a sack.

"The Buster Bowl each Sunday gives the young players and reserve players a chance to get some reps," said head coach Ron Turner. "They were especially looking forward to tonight and there was a lot of intensity out there."