Spring Game Recap: White 38 - Green 37

Keith Nichol, after a slow early start, got rolling and played a strong game, going 18-of-26 for 338 yards and three touchdowns for the White team, but Kirk Cousins still appears to be the odds-on favorite to be the starting quarterback going 26-of-40 for 331 yards and two touchdown.

EAST LANSING - On their first possession of the Green-and-White spring game, the green team trotted out a good-looking receiver wearing jersey #1, at 6-foot-3, 205 he certainly looked the part.

But quarterback Kirk Cousins called time out and an annoucement from the press box stated "Per NCAA rules Travis Walton is not permitted to participate in the spring game," and a dejected Walton trotted off looking every bit as if he could have not only played, but contributed.

Perhaps drawing some inspiration from Walton and the National runner-up basketball squad, the Green squad came from behind to defeat the White team 21-17.

Keith Nichol, after a slow early start, got rolling and played a strong game, going 18-of-26 for 338 yards and three touchdowns for the White team, but Kirk Cousins still appears to be the odds-on favorite to be the starting quarterback going 26-of-40 for 331 yards and two touchdown.

Nichol put the White up late in the fourth quarter, threading the needle on a 39-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Myles White to give the White a 31-24 lead with just :50 left.

But, Cousins led a furious drive that got the Green to a first and goal at the 2-yard line and hit Charlie Gantt to put the Green down one, but an excessive celebration penalty made the game tying extra point attempt a real adventure from the 25-yard line.

The White team iced kicker Dan Conroy, calling a timeout just as he attempted the kick. Conroy nailed it to tie the game at 31 and force overtime.

Nichol kept the pressure on, hitting David Duran from two yards out to give the White a 38-31 lead.

Cousins countered, engineering a 1-yard TD pass to Josh Rouse but a two-point conversion failed as Cousins was intercepted by safety Danny Fortener to end the contest.

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