On a hot, sunny Saturday, WVU fans got their first look at the 2022 West Virginia Mountaineers. In a more game-like format, the gold team defeated the blue team by a score of 22-21.
The gold team started the scoring after Will Crowder found wide receiver Preston Fox for a 50-yard reception. The gold team found the end zone when Clemson transfer running back Lyn-J Dixon ran for a seven-yard touchdown by reaching for the pylon.
The gold team added five more points to their lead when safety Aubrey Burks intercepted Garrett Greene’s pass in the end zone.
The blue team got on the board with a 10-play drive that was capped off by a 31-yard touchdown pass from Will Crowder over the middle to Sam James to make it a 12-7 game.
After a missed field goal from the gold team, the blue team took a 14-12 lead when freshman quarterback Nicco Marchiol ran in touchdown from seven yards out.
The gold team took the lead back right before halftime when wide receiver Preston Fox made the play of the day with a one-handed diving catch for 39 yards. This catch put the gold team in field goal range, and Danny King made the kick to give the gold team a 15-14 lead at half.
To start the second half, Garrett Greene and Bryce Ford-Wheaton started clicking. Greene found Ford-Wheaton for a 44-yard reception on the first play of the drive and followed that with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ford-Wheaton. This two-play, 75-yard sequence gave the blue team a 21-15 lead.
The gold team took a late advantage when West Virginia native running back Markquan Rucker ran in an 11-yard touchdown. The gold team held its lead with a late defensive stand and won the spring game by a final score of 22-21.
In a scrimmage game that saw players share snaps, a few offensive players showed off their talents. Redshirt freshman quarterback Will Crowder threw for 199 yards with one touchdown while playing for both the gold and the blue team.
True freshman quarterback Nicco Marchiol threw for 75 yards with a rushing touchdown, while redshirt sophomore quarterback threw for 123 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
For the blue team, Bryce Ford-Wheaton led receivers with six catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, while Morgantown native Preston Fox led receivers on the gold team with five catches for 117 yards.
Head coach Neal Brown gave his thoughts on how the spring game went.
“The pleasing thing for me, was clean football,” Brown said. “I thought some people that we needed to play well today, performed well”
Photo by: WVU Football Twitter