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April 9, 2011

Gold tops Maroon 13-7 in Spring Game

The Gold team's Centarius Donald rushed for a pair of one-yard scores to lead his team to a 13-7 spring game win over the Maroon team.

Junior quarterback Cody Wells, playing on the Maroon team showed that he was a solid offensive threat as he connected time and time again with senior wide out Anthony McCall to keep his team's scoring chances alive. Wells ended the scrimmage game 12-21 for 199 yards. McCall hauled in six passes for 166 yards.

"I think we just had the defense figured out at first, we were trying to go deep and take advantage of some match-ups that we had out there," Wells said.

A surprise performer was walk-on quarterback Ian McCoig who led several strong drives down field, including one that looked to be headed for the red zone, before throwing a pass that was intercepted by Vincent Eddie that was returned across midfield.

Last season's starter Kolton Browning completed 8-18 for 124 yards for the Gold team

Maroon's Jyruss Edwards punched it a one yard score to break onto the scoreboard. The short rush came on fourth down when guest coach Tabby Soignier opted to go for it on fourth down.

Gold's guest coach Aaron Dietrich made a questionable call of his own as he sent the offense on the field for a two-point conversion attempt following Donald's first score. The attempt failed, and as the clock ticked later and later in the game, the choice seemed to haunt the Gold team.

"I got carried away in the moment and thought we could generate a lot of momentum with the two-point conversion, but as soon as I called it in I was like 'Oh no,'" Dietrich told ULM media following the game. "Thankfully my players bailed me out in the second half or I probably would have been without a job next fall. I would have been ridiculed and harassed by the local media, which would have made for a long offseason."

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