Laramie, WY – In what started out looking like might be a shootout ended up being a defensive struggle as the Gold team held on for a 14-13 win over the Brown team in Wyoming’s annual spring game.
A sack of redshirt freshman quarterback Emory Miller late in the 4th quarter stopped a 2-point conversion preserving the win for the Gold.
Miller completed 50% of his passes Saturday and tossed a touchdown but also threw 2 interceptions while leading the Brown team. Looking rusty and out of sync Miller missed many open receivers passing for only 86 yards in the loss.
His counterpart freshmen quarterback Brett Smith overall looked crisped completing 16 of 24 passes for 153 yards. He did not toss a TD in the game while throwing one interception.
Both teams scored on their opening drives. The Gold team opened up the scoring as Smith capped a 70 yard 12 play drive with a 4 yard TD run putting the Gold team up 7-0. The Brown team quickly answered as Miller hit Mazi Ogbonna for a 36-yard TD; the TD capped an 8 play 70 yard drive for the Brown team.
That was all of the scoring in the first half as both defenses took over and the teams were tied at the half 7-7.
The next scoring drive would come with 8:50 to play in the 4th as running back Brandon Miller took one in from 12-yards out to put the Gold team up 14-7.
The brown would answer late when Miller would score for them from 4-yards out. The Brown team would fail the two point conversion giving the gold team the 14-13 win.
Helping out the performance of both quarterbacks were outstanding days by several different receivers. Sophomore wide receiver Robert Herron had the most impressive day of all the receivers. Playing for the Gold Team, Herron caught five passes for 76 yards, including a long of 20 yards. He made a number of difficult catches and also had another reception called back due to an ineligible receiver penalty against his team.
Robert (Herron) possesses great speed and athleticism, and we know he's got great play-making ability," said head coach Dave Christensen. "He's had some drops throughout spring ball, but today he made some great catches. He catches balls better when they're tough catches than when he's wide open. He definitely rose to the occasion today, and he'll be a factor for us in the fall."
"I was pleased with the way we caught the football today," said Christensen. "We caught it much better than we had all spring. Even with the rain, the guys did a good job of hanging onto the football."
Other receivers who had good days were senior Jonathan Aiken, who had a game high six receptions and 48 yards receiving for the Gold Team. Also for the Gold Team, redshirt freshman C.J. Morgan caught three passes for 21 yards and senior DeJay Lester had two catches for eight yards.
Brown's receiving unit was led by junior Chris McNeill, who pulled down four receptions for 25 yards. Sophomore tight end Spencer Bruce caught three balls for 16 yards, and senior Ogbonna's one catch came on the 36-yard TD pass for the Brown Team's first score.
Saturday’s spring game ended spring practice for the Cowboys and when all was complete the team seems to have a good foundation to build for not only the upcoming season but also into the foreseeable future.