Gray Beats Crimson 27-6 in Annual Spring Football Game

April 28, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - In the annual Cougar football spring game Saturday, it was the Gray team who came out on top. The Gray, consisting of the first team players and a few key reserves, beat the Crimson, made up of everyone else, 27-6.

The Gray defense combined for three sacks for a loss of four yards, one by James Price and two by Fred Shavies. On the Crimson defense Aaron Wagner led both teams in tackles with 12, including one sack. Another player in on a number of plays was Crimson corner Jason David.

'Jason David was probably the MVP of one team. He wore that 24 as well as anyone has in several years,' head coach Mike Price said referring back to Torey Hunter who wore 24 in the past for WSU.

On the offense quarterback Matt Kegel started for the Crimson squad completing two passes for five yards and then moved over to the Gray team for the final three quarters to complete 16 passes including one 28-yard touchdown.

'Matt (Kegel) probably had his best spring game,' Price said. 'He had some brilliant plays and did a few things poorly.'

Jason Gesser, who played the first quarter on the Gray offense, passed for 93 yards including a four-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Nettles. The other touchdown pass on the Gray came from wide receiver Collin Henderson, a 62-yard pass to Nakoa McElrath. McElrath had three touchdown receptions for 62 yards.

'I thought Mike Bush caught the ball well,' Price said. 'The receivers are coming along. We're not as deep as we would like to be, but we recruited well for the fall.'

On the ground Dave Minnich led the rushers with 49 yards for the Gray team. On the Crimson it was Lavell Anderson with 15 yards gained.

The spring game will be replayed on Fox Sports Net Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.

Gray Scoring Summary: Nettles 4-yard pass from Gesser (Dunning kick), Lambert 37-yard field goal, McElrath 28-yard pass from Kegel (Dunning kick), Dunning 42-yard field goal, McElrath 62-yard pass from Henderson (Lambert kick).Rushing: Minnich 12/49, Thielbahr 6/27, Nettles 1/18, Tippins 3/10, Kegel 1/(-6), Gesser 1/(-9).Passing: Kegel 28/16/0/183/1/29, Gesser 14/8/0/93/1/22, Henderson 1/1/0/62/1/62.Receiving: McElrath 10/182/62, Henderson 5/54/14, Minnich 2/33/20, Bush 2/15/16, Thielbahr 2/12/8, Nettles 1/18/18, Baldwin 1/13/13, Lunde 1/7/7, Mizin 1/4/4.Tackles (TT/TFL/FR/FC/PD/SACKS): Genatone 5/0/1/0/0/0, Shavies 4/2/0/0/0/2, Newman 3/0/0/0/2/0, Marong 3/0/0/0/0/0, Thompson 2/0/0/0/0/0, Coleman 2/0/0/0/0/0.

Crimson Scoring Summary: White 54-yard pass from Ena (kick blocked).Rushing: Anderson 4/15, Whitson 1/7, Nguae 4/6, Hawkins 1/0, Tippins 2/0, Ena 4/-5.Passing: Dennison 2/1/0/7/0/7, Ena 13/6/0/98/1/54, Kegel 6/2/0/19/0/5.Receiving: White 3/63/54, Bush 3/22/10, Mizin 1/11/11, Lunde 1/4/4, Ahlberg 1/4/4.Tackles: Wagner 12/1/0/0/0/0/1, McDonald 7/0/0/0/0/0/0, Dillon 4/0/0/0/0//00, Davis 4/0/0/1/0/1/0, Acholonu 4/0/0/0/0/0/0.

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