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Thomas Carper caught four passes for 137 yards and accounted for the only two touchdowns of the 24th Annual Maroon/Gold Spring Game to lead Gold to a 13-7 victory Saturday at the MSU Practice Field.
Carper broke free on a square-in to snag a 60-yard toss from Jake Glover in the minute of the first half to give Gold a 6-3 edge going into the break.
The Maroon had used the legs of All-America running back Keidrick Jackson to take the lead midway through the second quarter. The Arlington native accounted for rushes of 14 and 19 yards during a 14-play, 80-yard drive which resulted in a 33-yard field goal by Greg Saladino.
Harlon Hill finalist Brandon Kelsey led a quick 8-play, 60-yard drive to open the second half for the Maroon squad highlighted by a 30-yard sprint on a choice option run while redshirt freshman running back Roderick Woodard burst for consecutive runs of 15 and 8 yards to setup Maroon in the Red Zone.
But a holding call forced Maroon to settle for a 22-yard field by Brendan Grimley to tie the game at 6-6.
Former Rider High School standout Shavodrick Beaver led Gold's winning drive late in the fourth quarter. The transfer quarterback from Tulsa connected with Carper on a 38-yard hookup before the two connected on a double move for a 19-yard score three plays later to provide the difference in the game.
Gold running back Peter Smith paced all rushers with 91 yards on 18 carries, while Jackson led the Maroon team with 85 yards on 17 totes.
Glover connected on 10-of-18 passes for 116 yards and touchdown for Gold while Beaver finished 6-of-8 for 84 yards and a TD.
For Maroon, Kelsey connected on 3-of-15 passes for 28 yards while redshirt freshman Brett Wilhelm was 6-for-8 with 55 yards.
Jared Freeman caught six passes for 32 yards for Gold while Joe Sanders led the Maroon squad with seven receptions for 70 yards.
Defensively, Isaiah Long made six tackles including two for losses for the Maroon team while Gold was led by Davyon Henry's six-tackle effort.
Midwestern State opens its 2012 campaign against Tarleton State in Stephenville on Sep. 8.
It was a clean sweep for the 34 th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs as they clobbered Arkansas-Fort Smith 8-0 to close the regular season at the MSU Tennis Center.
Midwestern (9-10) claimed all eight matches played and did not schedule a sixth position when a player was injured in doubles for the UAFS Lions (x-x)
MSU pounded out a sweep of all three doubles and never looked back.
Colby Meeks and Mario Urban took the No. 1 position over Matheus Silva and Martin Tabler 8-4, as Tomas Grejtak and Jarrod Liston handled Seth Laster and Josh Helland 8-1 at No. 2.
Luke Joyce and Kacper Bobrykin won at No. 3 over Pedro Carvalho and Evan Daniel 8-5.
"The guys stepped up and played the way I knew we could all season," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "I was please with the way we closed the match."
Joyce led the way in the singles play by shutting out Silva 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1.
Urban dashed off Carvalho 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2, and Grejtak followed suit with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Helland at No. 3.
Meeks won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 over Tabler, while Liston played the closest point in the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Laster at No. 4.
"We've done what we needed to for the conference tournament," said Linn.
The Mustangs next match is in the Lone Star Conference Championships in Southlake next Friday and Saturday.
Senior Day for Midwestern State saw a strong contribution by the senior class as the Mustangs edged Arkansas-Fort Smith 5-4 in the final regular season match this year at the MSU Tennis Center.
The 39th ranked Mustangs (8-12) stepped up with wins at the top of the lineup to dump the Lions (14-9).
Seniors Rozike van Rensburg and Lindsey Holcomb paved the way for the Mustangs, collecting three of the team's five points.
Playing together at No. 1 doubles, Holcomb/van Rensburg beat Monica Pieratt and Abby Whittemore 8-6.
Then in singles, van Rensburg claimed the No. 1 match over Pieratt 7-5, 6-1, as Holcomb won at No. 2 over Masa Podunavac 6-2, 6-0.
Senior Leah Roberts got her third straight doubles win with teammate Taylor Coffman with a 9-8 triumph over Podunavac and Whitney Hobson at No. 3.
"The seniors really led us today," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "Their experience carried us and gave put us in the position we needed to win this match. I can't tell you how proud I am of them."
The Mustangs finished off the Lions at No. 6 singles as Laura Haney got her first collegiate victory with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Hobson.
The Lions four points can on tough wins.
First Sarita Adhikary and Lindsey Buenger fell at No. 2 doubles to Amy Belanger and Stanka harvanova 8-5.
Then Adhikary dropped a three-setter to Whittemore at No. 3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
Coffman fell at No. 4 to Harvanova 6-4, 6-3, while Roberts lost her only singles match she's played in this year to Belanger 6-0, 6-7, 10-7.
The Mustangs are now set to open postseason play, as they'll be in action next weekend in the Lone Star Conference Tournament in Southlake.