True freshman Brandon Harris threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as the White beat the Purple 42-14 in the National L Club Spring game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
Harris threw a 19 yard touchdown pass to tight end DeSean Smith and touchdown passes of 5 yards to Connor Neighbors and 21 yards to Travin Dural.
Harris also rushed for 76 yards, including a 4 yard touchdown run.
Anthony Jennings, the incumbent, who started the Outback Bowl win over Iowa, struggled. Johnson threw a pair of interceptions for touchdowns, 67 yards by Deion Jones in the first quarter, and 26 yards by Kwon Alexander in the second.
Harris was 11 of 28 passing for 195 yards. Jennings was 9 of 17 for 157 yards and a touchdown, along with those two interceptions.
“I think both guys are good enough to be our quarterback,” said head coach Les Miles. At times, I think the two guys played better than in the spring. I think the game itself was a little more emotional because it was in the stadium.
Miles said he’s looking forward to the bulk of the 2014 recruiting class arriving on campus this fall. That class includes St Aug running back Leonard Fournette who attended Saturday’s game.
Miles said the Tigers have a great “core”. And, that the 2014 class can help win a national championship.
“You realize how many times we’ve been close?” said Miles.