Big Plays Highlight Bears Maroon and White Spring Game
April 20, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- A dramatic 71-yard touchdown pass from Ashton Glaser to Julian Burton on the final play of the afternoon put the wraps on Saturday's annual Missouri State Spring Game at Plaster Field with Glaser leading the second-team unit to a 14-10 come-from-behind victory.
Glaser finished 8-for-17 through the air for 207 yards, while first-team starter Kierra Harris was 13-for-22 for 82 yards.
Burton was one of a handful of standouts on the offensive side, securing 7 receptions for 113 yards, while Marvell Saffold notched 4 catches for 84 yards.
The first-team offense had much more success on the ground than their counterparts, collecting 5.5 yards per carry and 164 yards total behind the efforts of sophomore Ryan Heaston. Heaston had 10 carries for 110 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown run to lead the first unit.
Heaston's scamper was the first score of the day and capped a four-play scoring drive that consumed 69 yards. Austin Witmer tacked on the extra point to put Harris' White squad up 7-0.
That score held until the second half when Glaser connected 58 yards with Stacey Thornton to the one-yard line. The senior QB called his own number on the next play to cap the four-play scoring drive, and Marcelo Bonani added the extra point to tie the game, 7-7.
Harris and Heaston would waste no time bringing the White squad back. Heaston racked up 33 ground yards on the drive, and Harris got the Bears on the door step of another touchdown before they settled for a short, 18-yard field goal by Witmer to make it 10-7.
It looked as if the White Team would put things out of reach midway through the fourth quarter with Brodie Lambert engineering a drive into the red zone again. But a fourth-down pitch to Vernon Scott was smothered by Tevan Ferguson after Dylan Cole caused the fumble.
Taking over at their own six-yard line, the Maroon squad got a 23-yard carry from Heaston before Glaser hit Burton in stride for the winning score.
After 109 official plays, Head Coach Terry Allen then blew the whistle and called the teams together with just over four minutes showing on the game clock.
"The turnovers were disappointing, but we played five different quarterbacks. All in all, it was a pretty good day," said Allen. "We have some guys who can make plays offensively, and I still like the potential of our defense."
The MSU defense snagged three interceptions, including two by Jeremiah Plowden and one by Howard Scarborough. Rique Bentley led all players with 10 total tackles with Seginald Chaney, Tevan Ferguson, John Edwards and Christian Hoffmann each contributing 7 total stops.
The Bears now shift into off-season mode as they look ahead to the opening of fall camp in early August and the season opener on Aug. 29 against Northwestern State at Plaster Field. Season tickets are available now by calling (417) 836-3302 or 836-8877.
Ryan Heaston 10-110; Vernon Scott 10-49; Josh Mattes 11-36; Kierra Harris 6-18; Mikael Cooper-Falls 3-16; Cedric Miller 6-11; Austin Cahoy 4-7; Ashton Glaser 6-2; Brodie Lambert 2-1; Shane Hartzler 1-(-4); Alex Lawson 1-(-8); Team 1-(-12).
Passing (48-27-3 380)
Julian Burton 7-113; Marvell Saffold 4-84; Zac Hoover 5-21; Stacey Thornton 2-62; Eric Christophel 2-21; Maddy Johnson 2-14; Tyren Price 1-25; Matt Swan 1-12; Dorian Buford 1-11; Daniel Wood 1-9; Ryan Boatright 1-8.
*Combined stats in cases where players played for both teams.