Wrap Up of UTEP, NMSU Spring Football Practice
Joe Banyard ran for 65 yards on the first play from scrimmage, and the Blue team tacked on a couple more touchdowns on its way to a 24-0 rout of the White squad in the annual UTEP Spring Game on Saturday in the Sun Bowl.
Banyard finished with 10 carries for 115 yards, and Javia Hall found Craig Wenrick and Anthony McGhee for scoring tosses of 12 and 62 yards as the Miners wrapped up their eighth edition of spring drills under coach Mike Price.
"I'm pleased with the spring," Price said. "We're getting better all the time and I expect us to continue improving throughout the fall."
Blue quarterbacks Hall (14-for-23, 152 yards) and Nick Lamaison (8-for-18, 92 yards) combined to throw for 244 yards. The Blue team also received a combined 208 yards rushing from Banyard, Vernon Frazier (77 yards) and Leilyon Myers (16 yards). McGhee finished with six catches for 109 yards.
With the majority of the Miners' top defensive players running with the Blue contingent, the White unit was limited to 130 yards, including 73 rushing and 57 passing.
The New Mexico State football team held its annual spring game Saturday afternoon in Aggie Memorial Stadium, as the offense (wearing white) defeated the defense (wearing crimson) 47-23.
“I was happy with the way spring practice went overall and I thought we finished out the spring with a very good scrimmage, head coach DeWayne Walker said. “I thought the defense really finished strong over the last four practices and started to create an identity. Offensively, we have a lot of play makers like Manley, Clay and Rogers. The offense played well today at times. I would also like to thank the fans for coming out and supporting our team today.”
Points were awarded on both sides of the ball as the offense would earn points on first downs, PAT’s, plays of 30-plus yards, field goals and touchdowns, while the defense earned points on a 3 & out, a forced stop, a fourth down stop, a turnover and a turnover for a touchdown.
The game was highlighted early by the defense, who stopped the offense on their first five possessions of the scrimmage. On the day the defense recorded 10 sacks in the scrimmage. The defense jumped out to an early 14-7 lead.
The offense finally got on the board with Andrew Manley hit tight end David Quiroga for a 5-yard touchdown pass. Manley then hooked up with wide receiver Taveon Rogers on a 29-yard touchdown pass to tie the game up at 14-14. Running back James Hall, Jr. would punch it in for four yards out to give the offense a 21-17 lead. Quarterback Matt Christian then found wide receiver Adam Shapiro for a 34-yard touchdown, as the offense took a commanding lead.
Place kicker Tyler Stampler added a 31-yard field goal on the last play of the scrimmage to give the offense the 47-23 win.
Manley led the way in the passing game with 228 yards on 19-of-35 attempts, with two touchdowns. Christian threw for 56 yards on 7-of-11 with a touchdown. He also rushed for 22 yards. Running back Robert Clay led the team with 52 yards on 13 attempts, followed by Victor Johnson with 36 yards on four rushes. Hall, Jr. recorded the only rushing touchdown of the scrimmage and tallied 11 yards on five attempts.