April 21, 2012
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SPRINGFIELD -- Led by 326 yards of total offense and two long touchdown passes by Trevor Wooden, the White Team defeated the Maroon Team 16-3 Saturday afternoon in Missouri State's annual Spring Game at Plaster Field.
This year's Spring Game format saw Wooden perform with the first-team offense and represent the White Team, while Kierra Harris quarterbacked the second-team offense and scored points for the Maroon Team, though players were eligible to compete for both sides.
The White Team rolled up 273 yards of total offense in the first half but took just a 10-3 lead into the break. Austin Witmer put Wooden's squad on the board first with a 48-yard field goal that capped an 11-play, 64-yard drive that began on the 5-yard line. Wooden's 21-yard completion to Dorian Buford on a 3rd-and-1 extended the drive and put the White Team on the 35 deep in enemy territory.
Andrew Beisel's interception of Wooden and return to the five set up the tying field goal with 44 seconds remaining in the first quarter, though the White defense stood strong, holding the Maroon Team to minus-one yard on three plays before Witmer split the uprights with a 23-yarder.
The White Team took a 10-3 lead with 7:57 left in the half, scoring in exactly one minute when Wooden hit Julian Burton for a 60-yard bomb on the fourth play of the drive.
Wooden and Burton hooked up again late in the first half on a fourth down with 19 seconds left, but the 39-yard scramble, catch and run was nullified by Wooden throwing the ball from beyond the line of scrimmage.
With a running clock in the second half, the offenses slowed considerably in the final two periods, highlighted by the Maroon defense holding the White offense out of the end zone on four tries from a 1st-and-goal at the one to end the third quarter.
Then with eight seconds left in the contest, Wooden hit Buford for a 37-yard touchdown to make it a 16-3 final.
Wooden finished the contest 18-for-31 passing for 268 yards to go with 58 yards rushing on 15 carries. Ryan Heaston added 54 yards on the ground on nine carries with a long of 30, Burton hauled in five passes for 96 yards, and Buford had three grabs for 67 yards.
For the Maroon Team, Harris threw for 108 yards while completing 18 of 33 attempts. Zach Waranch led the ground attack with 18 yards on four carries, and Adrian Williams had six catches for 53 yards.
Tevan Ferguson led all defenders with eight tackles, including a sack, while Keenan Berry intercepted Wooden in addition to Beisel's first-half pick. The teams did not return punts or kick off.