Texas State football concluded its spring practice Saturday after the Gold team defeated the Maroon team 30-29.
Bradley Miller, junior tight end, finished the game with five catches for 142 yards and found the end zone twice for the gold team. Chris Nutall, junior running back, rushed for 115 yards on 12 carries and scored twice for the Maroon team.
Miller caught a tipped ball at midfield and scored a 78-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, bringing the Gold team within seven. Miller later scored on a two-point conversion, putting the Gold team ahead 30-29 with 4:37 to go in the ball game.
Nutall’s best run came in the second period when he broke one for 24 yards before breaking through defenders and scoring a one-yard touchdown.
Brandon McDowell, Brixx Hawthorne and Zach Velliquette were new faces to the spring game, and each caused a turnover.
Velliquette recovered a fumble when Fred Nixon, sophomore quarterback, turned over the ball in the second quarter. Velliquette returned the fumble 45 yards to the Gold 26 yard line. Nutall later scored off the turnover, giving the Maroon team a 14-9 lead before halftime.
Hawthorne had a one-handed interception off Tyler Jones, freshman quarterback, in the third quarter. Hawthorne returned the turnover back for 84 yards and scored, extending the Maroon’s lead 21-9.
McDowell had an interception for the Gold team, helping set up the winning score for Nixon and the Gold team. Nixon scored on a one-yard rush and completed the two-point conversion to Miller, giving the 30-29 victory to the Gold team.
Nixon, co-captain for the Gold team, finished with eight carries for 53 yards and rushed for a score. The sophomore quarterback was 7-of-11 for 79 yards and threw for a touchdown.