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April 29, 2000

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio State football team held its annual Spring Football game Saturday afternoon, with the Scarlet team taking a 34-0 win over the Gray squad in front of 21,897 at Crew Stadium.

The Scarlet team consisted of the first-team offense and defense, while the Gray squad was comprised of the second-team offense and defense.

The Scarlet squad struck quickly in the first quarter, as Steve Bellisari connected with Ken-Yon Rambo for a 9-yard touchdown pass. Three minutes later, Derek Combs busted loose for a 75-yard TD run, giving the Scarlet squad a 14-0 lead. Combs had a solid rushing performance on the day, gaining 118 yards on nine carries.

The Scarlet team continued its offensive onslaught in the second period. LeCharles Bentley recovered a fumble from teammate Jerry Westbrooks in the end zone to push the lead to 21-0 and Chad Cacchio snared a 44-yard reception from Scott McMullen to give the Scarlet a 28-0 lead at halftime.

That offense was more than enough for the Scarlet squad, which tacked on field goals from Dan Stultz and Eric Klaban for the final score of 34-0.

The Scarlet squad was dominant on both ends of the ball, accumulating 506 yards of total offense while holding the Gray team to 164 yards of total offense.

Westbrooks, splitting time with both teams, finished the game with 141 rushing yards, while Jesse Kline added 49 yards on six carries while splitting time for the Scarlet and Gray squads. Cacchio was a prime passing target, hauling in three passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. The quarterbacks also had stellar performances. McMullen tossed for 181 yards on 10-of-20 passing, while Craig Krenzel fired for 107 yards on 11-of-21 passing. Both split time for the two squads. Incumbent starter Steve Bellisari, playing for the Scarlet team, was 5-of-6 passing for 65 yards and a touchdown.