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Nutall Shines in Texas State Spring Game

Updated: Monday, April 14 2014, 04:18 PM CDT

San Marcos, Texas – A few notable faces as well as a few lesser known quantities stepped up on Saturday in the annual Maroon-Gold game at Bobcat Stadium, Saturday afternoon. With the two teams being drafted by their teammates, the Gold team defeated the Maroon team by a narrow 30-29 margin.

"There were a lot of good things about today," head coach Dennis Franchione said. "We got to see some players in situations on game day such as Fred Nixon. That was good."

Bradley Miller and Chris Nutall were the stars offensively, as each got into the endzone twice. Nutall finished the day with 12 carries for 115 yards while Miller had five catches for 142 yards.

Nutall's highlight run came in the second quarter for the Maroon team as he ran 24 yards down the left sideline before powering through a defender on the goal line for the score.

"Chris is a load to bring down, our guys will tell you that," Franchone said. "He's got strong legs. He's playing the best football he's played since he's been here. We ran the stretch play today and that probably wasn't his strength in the previous year or two and now he's learned patience. A back that matures does that. He understands that play better and he ran it well today."

Miller's highlight of the day was a tipped ball that he caught at midfield and took it to the house for a 78-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that brought the Gold team to within 29-22. He later had the two-point conversion that put the Gold team ahead 30-29 with 4:37 to go.

"Brad has always been valuable to us because of the flexibility to play him in tight or play him out wide," Franchione said. "He's not the bulkiest tight end and he's not the fastest wide out but he is tall and lanky. He understands how to run routes, he showed that today."

Some of the fresh faces that took center stage on Saturday included Brandon McDowell, Brixx Hawthorne and Zach Velliquette who each made big plays on the defensive side of the ball and Fred Nixon who captained the comeback for the Gold team.

Velliquette was on the receiving end of the first turnover of the day as Nixon fumbled on a read-option play and took it 45 yards down to the Gold 26 yard line. Nutall scored the first of his tow touchdowns on the day a few plays later giving Maroon a 14-9 lead just before halftime.

In the third quarter Hawthorne had the play of the day, intercepting a Tyler Jones pass with one hand and taking it back 84 yards down the left sideline for a score, giving Maroon a 21-9 lead at the time.

McDowell finished the trifecta of highlight defensive plays, intercepting a pass for Gold and taking it down to the Maroon five-yard line, setting up the winning score for Nixon and the Gold team. Nixon then took it in from one yard out and was successful on the two-point conversion to Miller for the 30-29 score.

Nixon finished the day with eight carries for 53 yards and was 7-of-11 through the air for 79 yards and a touchdown.

There was a lot of talk coming into the game about the Bobcats' new no-huddle offense, and Coach Franchione liked what he saw.

"Looking at the stats, we ran 98 plays, and in the past in these 10 minute quarter games, we've probably run about 80, so that's a good reflection of the up-tempo, no huddle scheme."

The Bobcats will now turn their attention to their weight testing that culminates in the Night of Champions later this spring. The fall schedule begins on Aug. 30, when the team hosts Arkansas Pine Bluff at Bobcat Stadium.

Nutall Shines in Texas State Spring Game


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Scores & Schedules

March 31, 2015 07:11 GMT

SPRING TRAINING

Monday's Games

Pittsburgh 18, Philadelphia 4

St. Louis 6, Washington 2

Atlanta 4, Detroit 2

Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 6, tie, 10 innings

N.Y. Mets 7, Miami 1

Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 3

Chicago Cubs 8, San Francisco 5

San Diego 6, Cincinnati 3

Cleveland 4, Chicago White Sox 1

Oakland 11, Colorado 2

Kansas City 11, Texas 7

L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 2

Toronto 7, Houston 4

Boston 14, Minnesota 2

Tuesday's Games

Pittsburgh vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Tampa Bay (ss) at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Colorado vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs vs. Texas (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Seattle vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Texas (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Houston vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.

NBA

Monday's Games

L.A. Lakers 113, Philadelphia 111, OT

Boston 116, Charlotte 104

Atlanta 101, Milwaukee 88

Toronto 99, Houston 96

Memphis 97, Sacramento 83

Utah 104, Minnesota 84

Portland 109, Phoenix 86

Tuesday's Games

Atlanta at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Indiana at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Miami, 8 p.m.

Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Monday's Games

Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3

Vancouver 4, St. Louis 1

Chicago 4, Los Angeles 1

Calgary 5, Dallas 3

Edmonton 4, Colorado 1

Buffalo 4, Arizona 1

Tuesday's Games

Florida at Boston, 7 p.m.

Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Columbus, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.

Ottawa at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver at Nashville, 8 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

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