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Bobcats Look to Use Spring Game for Momentum

By Kenzie Stanford
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Texas State hosted its Maroon-Gold spring game yesterday and gave fans something to look forward to for the upcoming season.

Was that Texas State making an appearance on SportsCenter’s top plays and’s top college football plays? Yes, yes it was.

Texas State hosted its Maroon-Gold spring game Saturday and gave fans something to look forward to for the upcoming season. Who would have thought that a spring game would be so entertaining?

Spoiler alert for readers who haven’t yet seen the footage: The game ended on an epic 55-yard Hail Mary pass made by junior backup quarterback Connor White.

The Maroon team was led by junior quarterback Tyler Jones, who had two late touchdown drives in each half. The Maroon team went on top with an early 17-0 lead until the Gold team – led by White – rallied back with three late touchdowns. The teams looked to be even with Jones, CJ Best, Brice Gunter, Demun Mercer, Stedman Mayberry, and Tim Gay on the Gold side, and White, Brandon Smith, Chris Nutall, Jeff Gaines, and Robert Lowe (DNP) on Maroon.

The back and forth action was consistent throughout the game and both Jones and White looked to be comfortable in their positions. Jones’ development as starting quarterback was impressive, and despite his overall “loss” to the Maroon team, he looks to have the experience that was lacking in recent years that could give Texas State the push it needs in 2015.

In the final minutes of the fourth quarter the Gold team held a 21-17 lead in what looked to be an undeniable win – that is, until White threw that 55-yarder to wide receiver Jafus Gaines, bobbling over the heads of four Gold defenders.

If you need to see it to believe it, then here it is:

Per Texas State, White stated, “They only brought three guys so we knew we had time and we were in max-protect," White said. "We had three guys in the end zone and I bought time and threw it up and hoped they would make a play. Those don't happen very often. We knew we just had to get it to the 45 to have a chance at a Hail Mary and it worked out.”

The performance of this Bobcat team in the spring game should only catapult them to a great start for their 2015 season.

Head coach Dennis Franchoine was in the press box on Saturday doing the color commentating for the spring game when stating, “Gosh, you can’t write a better script for a game, can you? It was kind of exciting. There was a lot of great situation work today. We replicate those with practice segments as much as we can. And we’ve done two-minute offense four or five times this spring. But to actually get it on game day in the circumstances we had was super.”

Texas State is scheduled to open its season in a nonconference game in Tallahassee, against Florida State on September 5th – but the spring game is likely to give them the confidence they need to step on the field against a powerhouse team like the Seminoles. Stay tuned to see if the Bobcats can keep their energy alive and take the Sun Belt Conference by storm in 2015.

Kenzie Stanford - Kenzie Stanford is a Georgia Southern student and Atlanta native who spent her summer as an intern at Turner Sports and spent her last semester as the Sports Director for WVGS 91.9 “The Buzz.” She was apart of the women’s soccer team at Georgia Southern, but her passion for sports goes far beyond that. Per her graduation in May, she is planning to keep the dream alive and work in the sports industry. Watch for Kenzie’s coverage of the Sun Belt Conference and Georgia Southern University here at Southern Pigskin.