Kansas football coach Charlie Weis talks to reporters following the spring game on April 13, 2013.
After sitting out most of the last three seasons, Kansas University receiver Justin McCay needed to stand out in the spring game, and he did, Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan writes.• Box score• Charlie Weis postgame audio
Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps finished 20-for-28 passing for 257 yards with four touchdowns, leading the Blue team to a 34-7 victory over the White in the spring game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Heaps' favorite target was Justin McCay, who finished with eight catches for 99 yards with a touchdown. He also had an impressive one-handed catch down the left sideline for 47 yards in the second half.
In his new role of dual running back/receiver, Tony Pierson had 94 combined yards, as he rushed four times for 32 yards and had five receptions for 62 yards with a score.
James Sims added 74 rushing yards on 16 carries, while tight end Jimmay Mundine had a pair of touchdown catches.
Heaps and McCay picked up co-offensive MVP honors as voted on by the media, while linebacker Ben Heeney (five tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one QB hurry) was the defensive MVP.
HOW THEY SCORED
10:25 — Tony Pierson 5 pass from Jake Heaps. Matthew Wyman kick. After an incompletion on the first play of the game, Heaps completed six straight and marched the blue squad down the field 70 yards in eight plays in 4:35. Pierson caught three passes for 31 yards, Justin McCay and Christian Matthews added receptions, as well, and James Sims rumbled for 19 yards. Three plays before Pierson and Heaps hooked up for the TD, Sims appeared to score, but the play was called back because of a holding penalty. (BLUE 7, WHITE 0).
14:48 — Jimmay Mundine 19 pass from Heaps. Wyman kick. KU's second scoring drive of the day covered 67 yards in five plays and 2:48 and featured more work from Heaps through the air. After Pierson and Sims combined for 25 rushing yards on the first two plays of the series, Heaps hit McCay for 10 yards and, two plays later, found Mundine down the seam for the touchdown. (BLUE 14, WHITE 0).
1:22 — Mundine 5 pass from Heaps. Wyman kick. After a couple of failed drives for each side, the blue squad struck again with a four-play, 41-yard drive that took 1:05. Heaps was 4-for-4 passing on the drive, with two completions to McCay and another to Pierson. The touchdown was set up by a pass interference call on white team linebacker Darius Willis, who tripped up Pierson at inside the 10 yard line. On the next play, Heaps floated a perfect touch pass to Mundine in the back corner of the end zone. (BLUE 21, WHITE 0).
0:34 — Josh Ford 25 pass from Michael Cummings. Trevor Pardula kick. The white squad showed late signs of life with a four-play, 70-yard TD drive that took just 40 seconds. Cummings hit Ford with a 41-yard pass on second down and, two plays later, found him again in the back of the end zone. Brandon Bourbon ran twice for nine yards. (BLUE 21, WHITE 7).
1:17 — Matthew Wyman 33 field goal. Highlighted by a one-handed grab from Justin McCay for 47 yards, the blue squad padded its lead with the first field goal of the day. The long pass play, a six-yard toss to McCay and a seven-yard run from Sims were the only plays on the drive that went for positive yardage. The drive covered 60 yards in eight plays and took 4:36. (BLUE 24, WHITE 7).
9:22 — Justin McCay 5 pass from Heaps. Wyman kick. The blue squad put the game out of reach when JaCorey Shepherd scooped up a Brandon Bourbon fumble and set the Jayhawks up at the white team's 24 yard line. Four plays later, after a nifty 27-yard, reversing-of-field pass from Heaps to Sims, McCay made a leaping grab in the back of the end zone and got one foot down before being knocked out of bounds. McCay also delivered a vicious block to help spring Sims' long gain. (BLUE 31, WHITE 7).
2:59 — Wyman 31 field goal. Another fumble by the white team set up the blue squad's final score of the day. The drive covered 20 yards in eight plays and 4:25 and featured freshman running back Colin Spencer's first action. Spencer ran twice for 12 yards and Sims ran twice for 8 yards. (BLUE 34, WHITE 7).