The sophomore quarterback, who missed the last nine games of 2009 with a torn ACL, completed his first nine passes on a pair of touchdown drives, finishing 17-of-21 for 183 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bears held their scrimmage inside Floyd Casey Stadium, Griffin's first action on the field since suffering the injury last September.
“Like I told coach [Art] Briles, for me personally, it was another notch on the progress line,” Griffin told reporters after the scrimmage. “Being back here for the first time after tearing my ACL here was a big thing for me, mentally. I didn’t come out here fired up, like, ‘Let’s go!’ But for me, it was sentimental. I’m back on this field, and it felt good to be back out here.”
Receiver Lanear Sampson caught Griffin's first touchdown pass -- Sampson's second in two scrimmages -- a 10-yarder to cap off an 11-play, 73-yard drive. Terrance Williams hauled in the second on the second play of a 38-yard scoring drive.
“I think we focused small,” Griffin said. “The defense came out last week and was just moving around a lot faster than we were. But this week, we came out and we learned a lot from our mistakes, especially me. We put together a good drive and even converted a third-and-long situation. The momentum was just moving from there on our part, so that was good to see.”
Griffin will make his official return with his teammates at home on Sept. 4, against Sam Houston State.