STILLWATER Â The Oklahoma State Cowboys closed the 2009 spring with an entertaining Orange-White game Saturday night in Stillwater.
The Orange led the game wire-to-wire but still had to survive a late two-point attempt in a 20-15 victory in front of approximately 12,000 fans at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“We had a good spring game,” said head coach Mike Gundy. “It was a lot of fun. Our goal as a coaching staff was to get the young players that hadn’t competed much into pressure situations.’
“We were excited about the plays some of those young guys made,” he added. “I thought the defense played well in the end. I was particularly pleased with our running backs, our young running backs, the way they competed.”
The Orange squad scored first on a 46-yard Dan Bailey field goal to complete a six-play, 56-yard drive on the team’s first possession. The key play in the series was a 52-yard reception by Hubert Anyiam of a Zac Robinson pass. A 10-yard touchdown run by Keith Toston extended the lead to 10-0 late in the first quarter.
The White team climbed back into the game in the second period. Senior linebacker Andre Sexton sacked quarterback Alex Cate for a safety and the White team then took the ensuing possession 50 yards on just six plays with Brandon Weeden hitting DeMarcus Conner with a 25-yard touchdown pass.
The biggest offensive scoring play in the game came when running back Keith Toston hit redshirt freshman Justin Horton for a 42-yard touchdown on a halfback pass.
With the Orange team leading, 17-9, and trying to run out the clock to close the game, White linebacker Donald Booker returned an interception 43 yards to cut the deficit to 17-15. However, running back Beau Johnson was stopped on a potential game-tying two-point try. The White team actually had two shots at the two-pointer after a first stop was negated by an offsides penalty.
The Orange team closed out the game with a 32-yard field goal by Bailey.
OSU’s offensive headliners, returning All-Americans Dez Bryant and Kendall Hunter, did not play in the game. Robinson was 4-of-8 passing for 92 yards in limited action.Statistically speaking, Anyiam was the star of the game with six catches for 106 yards. Redshirt freshman Travis Miller ran for 72 yards on 12 carries and sophomore safety Markelle Martin led all players with eight tackles. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Nigel Nicholas had six tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.