By RICK POULTER
Sports Information Director
Texas State University
Two-year starting quarterback Bradley George threw two touchdown passes to lead the Gold team to a 15-9 victory over the Maroon team at the annual Texas State Maroon-Gold Spring Football game Saturday night at Bobcat Stadium.
“The offense stepped up and made some plays at the end,” Texas State head coach Brad Wright said. “We backed off a little defensively after adding a lot the last couple of weeks. When the offense knows where you are going to be standing, they have an advantage.
“The guest coaches did a good job and had fun. Our players also had fun and that is what this was all about.”
George hit John Gilley on a two-yard pass for the Gold team’s first score in the game. Then, with just 1:08 remaining to play in the game and his team trailing 15-9, George hit Blake Burton for a 31-yard strike to put give the Gold squad its first lead in the game. Then he threw a pass to All-Southland Conference receiver Cameron Luke for the two-point conversion.
“Bradley has gotten better at knowing where to throw a pass,” Wright said. “He has to throw a short pass when it is there and not force the long ball so much. He has gotten better at that this spring.”
The Maroon team tried to come back as Clint Toon drove the team down to the Gold 11-yard line. The drive started with Toon being sacked twice to set up a third-down and 20-yards to go from the 10-yard line. But, following a pass interference penalty gave the Maroon second life with a first down on its own 24-yard line, Toon’s hit wide receiver Da’Marcus Griggs for a 26-yard catch at the 50-yard line.
Then, he hit Griggs for 39 more yards down the left sideline at the Gold team’s 11-yard line. But with seven seconds remaining to play, his final two passes fell incomplete to give the Gold team the victory.
George, who threw for 2,099 yards last season as a sophomore, hit eight of his 10 passes in the game for 119 yards. Alvaro Garcia also threw for 31 yards after completing two of his four passes for the Gold team.
Toon completed 13 of his 17 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown for the Maroon squad. That came on the opening drive of the game when he hit Alvin Canady out of the backfield for an eight-yard score to give the Maroon team a 7-0 lead.
That is how the first quarter ended before the Gold team tied the score a 7-7 with 11:42 left to play in the second period on George’s first touchdown pass.
The Maroon team drove to midfield on their next possession before the drive stalled. Sophomore Andrew Semar pinned the Gold team back deep in their own territory when his punt went out of bounds at the one-yard line.
After Blake Burton ran for four yards to the five-yard line for the Maroon team, Donavan King sacked Garcia in the end zone for a safety to give the Maroon squad a 9-7 lead.
The score remained that way until George through his second touchdown pass of the game in the final 1:08 of the game.
Southland Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year and Second-Team All-SLC running back Karrington Bush rushed six times for 44 yards and senior Stan Zwinggi ran three times for 24 yards for the Gold team.
Corey Scott caught two passes for 63 yards, and Burton caught two passes for 44 yards, including the winning touchdown reception.
Canady finished the game with 10 carries for 48 yards in addition to his eight-yard touchdown catch for the Maroon squad. Kindre McClure also had five carries for 21 yards for the Maroon.
Andrew Brooks caught six passes for 42 yards to go along with Griggs’ two catches on the final drive in the game.
Defensively, in addition to sacking Garcia for the safety, King led the Maroon team with six tackles, and Courtney Smith led the Gold team with nine tackles. Smith also registered three sacks and Brian Quackenbush had three sacks to go along with his five tackles for the Gold squad.
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