The Bill Callahan era kicked off Saturday with the Red capturing a 35-6 win over the White in the annual Red-White Spring Game in front of a school-record Spring Game crowd of 61,417 at Memorial Stadium.
The Callahan-led Red squad threw for 241 yards and four touchdowns and broke nearly every Spring Game passing record in the process. No. 1 quarterback Joe Dailey completed 29-of-49 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns, shattering the Spring Game record in all four categories.
The Red team, which consisted of the No. 1 offense and defense, went three and out on its first possession, including a failed long strike from Joe Dailey to Matt Herian on the first play of the game. But the Red followed its first drive by orchestrating an 11-play, 68-yard drive on its second possession that culminated with a 19-yard strike from Dailey to Mark LeFlore.
The Red added another 60-plus yard drive that ended with a Dailey to Ross Pilkington 18-yard touchdown connection to give the Red a 14-0 red.
The Red defense forced the White to punt on each of its first eight possessions and held the White squad, which consisted of the No. 2 and No. 3 units, to just 24 yards of total offense, including minus-59 yards rushing.