Jafus Gaines (80) rolls down the field for the Maroon team in Texas State’s spring football game Saturday (Texas State sports information photo).
The Maroon-Gold football game ending spring practice for the Texas State football team drew 4,608 to Bobcat Stadium Saturday night.
The Maroon team won, 28-14.
Maroon quarterback Jordan Moore completed five of seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 43 yards on 11 carries. Gold quarterback Tyler Arndt completed 12 of 18 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Maroon running back Chris Nutall carried seven times for 63 yards. Maroon receiver Kris Peterson had 54 yards in receptions and Jafus Gaines added 40 receiving yards. Ben Ijah caught four passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns for the Gold team.
Arndt broke a scoreless tie with time winding down in the second quarter when he led the Gold team on a seven-play, 70-yard drive in the final two minutes of the first half. He completed a 30-yard pass to David Lewis down to the Maroon’s 22-yard line, then gave the Gold team a 7-0 lead by hitting Ijah on a corner route on the next play.
On the third play of the second half, Moore threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Peterson, tying the game at 7-7.
A 61-yard punt return by Gaines set the Maroon team up at the Gold 10. After the two teams traded turnovers, Nutall rushed seven yards for a touchdown to give the Maroon team a 14-7 lead. Moore added a seven-yard touchown run in the fourth quarter to give the Maroons a 21-7 lead.
Arndt took the Gold team downfield for a touchdown in the final minutes, hitting Ijah with an 11-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-14. But the Maroon team, trying to run down the clock, went downfield for an exclamation touchdown on an eight-yard run by Terrence Franks to make it 28-14.
Texas State returns to the gridiron for fall practice in August to continue preparing for the season opener at Southern Mississippi on Aug. 31.
Following the Southern Miss season-opener, Texas State plays the first of six home games against Prairie View A&M on Sept. 7. Texas State’s other home games are against Wyoming on Sept. 28, UL-Monroe on Oct. 12, Georgia State on Oct. 19, South Alabama on Oct. 26 and Western Kentucky on Nov. 23.
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