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Green team claims victory with last-second touchdown

April 22, 2017

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FORT COLLINS, Colo.
—Nick Stevens' five-yard touchdown pass to Olabisi Johnson on the final play of the game sent the Green team home victorious in Saturday’s annual Green and Gold Spring Game, overcoming a strong performance by the defense for most of the contest. In the spirit of the 2017 season’s “Coming Home” theme—highlighted by the opening of Colorado State’s new on-campus stadium—the scrimmage was played on the Lagoon Field, marking the first football game on the CSU campus in nearly 50 years.

“I thought it was a great day,” Head Coach Mike Bobo said. “There was a great turnout from our fans. I was very proud of the No. 1 defense, I think they got two turnovers against the ones and those were their first turnovers in a live situation (this spring). It was good to see. I thought they contested well. They did a nice job. The guys made some tough catches, especially (Olabisi Johnson). But overall, I was pleased with the defense today. I thought they had a good plan and executed it and challenged the offense.”

Saturday’s scrimmage pitted Green (offense) against Gold (defense), utilizing an adjusted scoring system in which the defense was awarded points for third-down stops, turnovers, sacks and more. In addition to touchdowns and field goals, the offense could earn extra points for runs over 25 yards and drives that consisted of at least three first downs.


 

 

The Gold team opened up an early lead, thanks to interceptions by freshman defensive back Connor Donohue, senior safety Jake Schlager, sophomore safety Jamal Hicks and junior linebacker Josh Watson. The offense responded with touchdowns to Marucs Wilson and Michael Gallup, as well as a pair of Wyatt Bryan field goals, but still found themselves down by five with just one minute remaining. A 25-yard catch from Gallup set the Rams up in the red zone, and despite a trio of goal-line stops from the defense, Johnson’s fourth-down catch in the back of the end zone sent the Green team home with a win.

Stevens finished the day 19-35 for 247 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. Quarterbacking the second unit, redshirt-sophomore J.C. Robles went 13-25 for 127 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Redshirt-freshman Darius May led all rushers with 104 yards, while Johnson led all receivers with seven receptions (82 yds.) and Preston Williams led in yardage with 109 (5 rec.).

“I feel good about what we can do,” Stevens said. “I think that we can make a lot more progress in the offseason, and we’ve got some new guys coming in that might have the opportunity to play. I think we are kind of thin in some positions right now, so full-padded practices a few times a week makes it kind of hard to get the detailed work in. But I think we did a good job of that, and I think we are going to continue that into the offseason and grow a lot from now until then.”

Defensively, Josh Watson led the scrimmage with 11 tackles, including 1.5 for lost yardage, and added an interception.

“(The defense) didn’t play up to our potential early in spring,” Schlager said. “We kept on working every single day, and that is what the spring is all about. You have your rough days. There are days that the offense has their day, and the defense has their day. It was nice to see both sides of the ball come out and just compete today. They had their plays, and we came up and had our turnovers. It was nice to see that.”

Players who did not participate in Saturday’s scrimmage included Tyler Bjorklund, Deonte Clyburn, Evan Colorito, Hunter Donnelly, Dalton Fackrell, Colton Foster, Houston Haynes, Collin Hill, Shun Johnson, Josh Kerin, Marvin Kinsey, Jr., Ben Knox, Johnathan Lewis, Justin Nunez, Adam Prentice, Braylin Scott, Anthony Smith, Brandon Summer and A’Keitheon Whitner.

With spring football officially wrapped up, the Rams will look to finish the semester strong in the classroom, along with the resumption of the Fourth Quarter strength and conditioning program. Members of #RAMPAGE17 will officially report to campus in June, with fall camp set to begin in late July.

“Overall, good spring,” Bobo said. “We came out healthy today, with nothing but a few bumps and bruises. So everyone is healthy, except for the injuries you know about. We have two more weeks to work, then there is finals, and then we have to have a big offseason before we start fall camp.”

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