San Diego, California - Larry Clark caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Nick Bawden in the second overtime to lead the Red team to a 30-24 victory over the Black squad Wednesday night at the annual San Diego State football Red & Black Spring Game.
The spirited scrimmage featured four ties and four lead changes, and came on the heels of the 2013 season where the Aztecs tied an FBS record by playing in four overtime games. SDSU won three of those en route to an 8-5 finish and 49-24 win over Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Black team forced overtime when Nick Bawden found Lloyd Mills with a 9-yard touchdown strike in the final minute of regulation, knotting the score up at 18-18.
The Black squad took the lead on the very first play of the first overtime as Marcus Stamps ran it in from 25 yards out. After failing on a 2-point conversion pass, the Red squad answered on a 5-play, 25-yard drive. Bawden, who was playing on both the Red and Black team, connected with Kene Anigbogu on a 15-yard pass. The Red team failed on a 2-point try, however, which forced another extra overtime.
Starting with the ball first in the second extra session, Clark outjumped an opponent from the Black team and caught Bawden’s pass in the corner of the right end zone for the eventual game-winning score, despite the defense being flagged for a pass interference call.
The Black squad seemed poised to force another overtime when Chase Favreau found David Wells in the open field. Malik Smith, however, knocked the ball out of Wells’ hands on a diving tackle and Stan Sedberry fell on the ball, sealing the win for the Red team.
Stamps gave the Black team the early lead in the first quarter when his 7-yard run completed a 9-play, 60-yard drive.
Chase Price tied it up for the Red squad later in the first quarter with a 17-yard TD run. The drive went for 71 yards on six plays.
After neither team scored in the second quarter, Damontae Kazee forced a fumble, scooped up the loose ball and ran it back 32 yards to but the Black team up, 12-6.
The Red team tied it up at 12-12 on a 6-play, 71-yard drive, culminating with a 1-yard touchdown run by Price on 3rd and goal. The big play in the drive came on a 41-yard completion from Brad Odeman to Darryl Richardson that got the Red squad all the way down to the 1-yard line.
Brandon Porter then gave the Red squad an 18-12 advantage when he returned an interception 38 yards for a score.
Bawden then found Mills with the 9-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to force overtime, setting up the dramatic finish.
Price rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, while Stamps had 73 yards and two scores on nine carries. Dwayne Garrett added 46 yards on 13 rushing attempts.
Bawden passed for a game-high 122 yards and three touchdowns, completing 12 of 30 passes with two interceptions. Odeman was 6-for-15 for 115 yards and an interception, while Favreau was 7 of 12 for 54 yards.
Mills led the wide receivers with five catches for 34 yards and a touchdown. Jemond Hazely (51 yards) and Clark (30 yards) each had three receptions, while Stamps (21 yards), Ezell Ruffin (19 yards) and Dakota Gordon (12 yards) all had two grabs.
Micah Seau led the San Diego State defense with nine tackles, including a 6-yard sack. Josh Gavert, Trey Lomax, Fred Melifonwu (2 TFL, 1 sack) and Tyler Morris each added seven tackles.
The Aztecs kick off their 2014 season against Northern Arizona at home on Aug. 30.
Individual Offensive Totals
RUSHING TOTALS (carries - yards - touchdowns)
Chase Price 21-106-2; Marcus Stamps 9-73-2; Dwayne Garrett 13-46-0; Paul Sierra 7-15-0; Tyler Harris 1-3-0; Chris Hokokian 1-2-0; Adam Roberts 1-0-0; Brad Odeman 1-0-0; Nick Bawden 2-(minus 10)-0; Chase Favreau 7-(minus 46)-0. TOTALS 63-189-4
PASSING TOTALS (completions - attempts – interceptions, yards, touchdowns)
Nick Bawden 12-30-2, 122, 3; Brad Odeman 6-15-1, 115, 0; Chase Favreau 7-12-0, 54, 0. TOTALS 25-57-3, 291, 3.
RECEIVING TOTALS (number - yards - touchdowns)
Lloyd Mills 5-34-1; Jemond Hazely 3-51-0; Larry Clark 3-30-1; Marcus Stamps 2-21-0; Ezell Ruffin 2-19-0; Dakota Gordon 2-12-0; Garrett Kale 1-42-0; Darryl Richardson 1-41-0; Kene Anigbogu 1-15-1; Chase Price 1-9-0; David Wells 1-8-0; Chris Hokokian 1-7-0; Eric Judge 1-6-0, Paul Sierra 1-(minus 4)-0. TOTALS 25-291-3
FUMBLES (number - lost)
Paul Sierra 1-1; David Wells 1-1; Chase Price 1-0. TOTALS 3-2.
Individual Defensive Leaders
Micah Seau 9; Josh Gavert 7; Trey Lomax 7; Fred Melifonwu 7; Tyler Morris 7; Kenny Galea’i 5; Kalan Montgomery 5; Brandon Porter 5; Billy Vaughn, Jr. 5; Alex Barrett 4; Cody Galea 4; Derek Largent 4; Stan Sedberry 4; Dakota Tuner 4; D.J. Hunter 3; Damontae Kazee 3; Na’im McGee 3; Jordan Watson 3; Kendrick Mathis 2; Calvin Munson 2; Malik Smith 2; J.J. Whittaker 2; Mitchell Barry 1; Kevin Campano 1; Justin Gheorghe 1; T.J. Hickman 1; George Lamen 1; David McCutchan 1; Sergio Phillips 1; Paul Rodriguez 1; Pierre Romain 1; Jon Sanchez 1; Devin Tomlinson 1. TOTALS 108.
Calvin Munson 1-13; Justin Gheorghe 1-9; Dakota Turner 1-9; Fred Melifonwu 1-8; Micah Seau 1-6; Alex Barrett 1-5. TOTALS 6-50.
TACKLES FOR LOSS
Fred Melifonwu 2-9; Calvin Munson 1-13; Justin Gheorghe 1-9; Dakota Turner 1-9; Micah Seau 1-6; Alex Barrett 1-5; Malik Smith 1-2. TOTALS 8-53.
Damontae Kazee 1; Kalan Montgomery 1; Malik Smith 1. TOTALS 3.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES (number - yards - touchdowns)
Damontae Kazee 1-32-1; Kendrick Mathis 1-0-0; Stan Sedberry 1-0-0. TOTALS 3-32-1.
INTERCEPTIONS (number - yards - touchdowns)
Brandon Porter 1-36-1; Everett Beed 1-7-0; Kalan Montgomery 1-0-0. TOTALS 3-43-1.
Billy Vaughn, Jr. 2; Trey Lomax 1; Fred Melifonwu 1. TOTALS 4.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Team 1 2 3 4 OT 2OT -- Total
Red 6 0 12 0 6 6 -- 30
Black 6 0 6 6 6 0 -- 24
Black: Marcus Stamps 7-yd TD run, 9-60
Red: Chase Price 17-yd TD run, 6-76
Black: Damontae Kazee 32-yard fumble return
Red: Chase Price 1-yd TD run, 6-71
Red: Brandon Porter 38-yd interception return
Black: Lloyd Mills 9-yd pass from Nick Bawden, 9-31
Black: Marcus Stamps 25-yd run (2-pt. conversion pass failed), 1-25
Red: Kene Anigbogu 15-yd pass from Nick Bawden (2-pt. conversion run failed), 5-25
Red: Larry Clark 9-yd pass from Nick Bawden (2-pt. conversion pass failed), 6-25