MSU Spring Game: Gold rallies to beat Maroon, 24-21

MSU Spring Game: Gold rallies to beat Maroon, 24-21

Senior quarterback Jake Glover connected with Arsenio Phillips with 42 seconds remaining to lift Gold to a 24-21 win in the annual Maroon vs. Gold Spring Game Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Senior quarterback Jake Glover connected with Arsenio Phillips with 42 seconds remaining to lift Gold to a 24-21 win in the annual Maroon vs. Gold Spring Game Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Our very own Jermaine Ferrell and Ann Arnold were celebrity coaches for the Gold team.

Gold rallied to score the final 14 points in the fourth quarter and took advantage of good fortune as Torrey Dickey recovered Maroon quarterback Trey Seward's fumble at the Maroon 30-yard line with 1:57 to play.

Seven plays later, Glover found Phillips on an in route to deliver victory for Gold.

Paced by sophomore quarterback Quade Coward, the Maroon team controlled play throughout much of the contest as the Cleburne product connoted on 16-of-22 passes for a game-high 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 20 more yards.

Coward connected with junior tight end Derek Lockhart for a 26-yard scoring strike near the end of the first quarter, then hit redshirt-freshman running back Don Jerry on a wheel route for another 28-yard score to give Maroon a 14-0 lead.

Lockhard finished the game with a team-high six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.

But Gold cut the lead in half after sophomore running back Dante Taylor broke up the middle before streaking to the sideline on a 56-yard TD rush with 6:17 to go in the first half to make the score 14-7.

Coward produced another golden scoring opportunity for Maroon at the end of the first half when his 29-yard connection with junior receiver Levy Wilson set his team up at the Gold 6-yard line.

But the Gold defense stiffened allowing a 2-yard run by Lafrontae Conkleton before forcing three consecutive incompletions to end the half.

The teams exchanged lengthy drives to start the second half, but Gold settled for a 37-yard Andy Alkazshvilly field goal after going 45 yards on 14 plays in 6:44 to make the score 14-10 with 8:16 to go in the third quarter.

Seward answered by leading Maroon on a 13-play, 65-yard drive hitting Lockhart on a 17-yard strike on the only passing play of the possession. Jerry culminated the drive with a second score of the day on a 1-yard plunge with 2:00 to go in the quarter post Maroon to a 21-10 lead.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Hagen Hutchinson's bullet against the wind found the hands of Statron Jones for a 55-yard strike to set Gold up at the Maroon 6-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Three plays later, Drew Ashley plowed in from 1 yard out to pull Gold back into the game at 21-17.

Jones finished with a game-high eight receptions for 115 yards.

Maroon turned the ball over on downs in Gold territory on its next possession then Dickey's fumble recovery gave Gold life and possession with 1:57 to play.

Sophomore Brandon Gordon paced Maroon with 79 rushing yards, while Taylor paced Gold with 78 yards on seven carries while redshirt-freshman Vande Parkes had 60 yards on 12 totes.

Deyleon Williams and Malachi Smith had nine tackles each to pace the Gold defense while Donny Walsh made six stops to go along with three sacks and an interception for Maroon.

Midwestern State opens the 2014 campaign against Missouri S&T on Sep. 13 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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