Orange Captures Spring Game Victory

STILLWATER – Hubert Anyiam caught three passes during his first two years at Oklahoma State. He doubled that total Saturday night and showed that he may be the receiver the Cowboys need to complement the play of All-American Dez Bryant in helping the Orange team to a 20-15 victory over the White in front of approximately 12,000 fans at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The sophomore from Garland, Texas had a game-best six receptions for 106 yards while teaming with starting quarterback Zac Robinson and backup Alex Cate. His 52-yard catch set up Dan Bailey's 46-yard field goal, and he had a 16-yard reception on the Orange team's 76-yard touchdown drive which culminated with Keith Toston scoring on a 10-yard run.

"I feel I could have made some more plays but I think I played well," said Anyiam. "I don't know how many receiving yards I had but we won the game and that's all that matters. I think today and the second day of spring (practice) were my best days."

Anyiam said he was not surprised that Robinson found him on the Orange team's first two scoring drives of the game.

"Actually I was (expecting to catch some passes) because Dez is on this side (with the White team) and I was on this side (with the Orange team) with Zac. After the Dez and Zac combination, me and Zac got good chemistry so I figured I'd be getting the ball a lot on the Orange team," Anyiam said.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy was pleased with Anyiam's performance, other than a dropped pass on the Orange team's second possession of the game.

"He made some plays. He had a few drops and that concerns me a little bit, but that's part of the maturation process that he has to go through," said Gundy. "You know he's been sitting behind Dez for two years. It was good that he was out there this spring, and he's a guy that we were counting on this spring to make some plays when we got the ball in his hands."

The White team made a game of it thanks to its defense. Andre Sexton's pressure on Cate led to the junior quarterback intentionally grounding the ball while in the end zone, leading to a safety and the White's first two points of the game. Then, in the game's last five minutes, linebacker Donald Booker intercepted a Cate pass, returning it 43 yards for a touchdown to pull within 17-15.

But the White team had two chances to tie the game with a two-point conversion – a throwback pass from running back Beau Johnson to quarterback Brandon Weeden was stopped short of the goal line but an offsides penalty gave them a second try but this time Johnson tried to run it in and was stopped by linebacker Orie Lemon.

Bailey added a 32-yard field goal with 55 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Orange a 20-15 lead, and Weeden had one last chance to lead the White team to victory. But he was sacked for a 23-yard loss by defensive end Ugo Chinasa as he was attempting to throw the ball into the end zone on the game's final play.

"We had a good spring game. It was a lot of fu," said Gundy. "Our goal as a coaching staff was to let the young players that hadn't competed much in a pressure situation in front of a crowd get out there and see what they could do, and I thought they did a really nice job.

"We were excited about the plays some of those young guys made. I thought the defense played well at the end. I was particularly pleased with the young running backs and the way they competed - Travis Miller, Kye Staley and Beau Johnson played well. Keith Toston played well. I thought Zac (Robinson) made some plays. Donald Booker showed up, and Nigel Nicholas made some plays. Overall, I thought it was a really good spring game and I hope the crowd enjoyed it."

Robinson only played three series, leading the Orange team on a 56-yard scoring drive which culminated in Bailey's first field goal and the 76-yard touchdown drive in which Toston scored to make it 10-0.

Cate (who replaced Robinson as the Orange team's quarterback) and Brandon Weeden (White squad) have battled for the backup position to Robinson throughout the spring. Cate, a junior from Salt Lake City, was 10 of 19 passing for 87 yards with one interception which was returned for a touchdown by Booker. Weeden completed 15 of 25 passes for 102 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown to DeMarcus Conner in the second quarter.

"I didn't think either one of them threw the ball particularly well," Gundy said of the backup quarterbacks. "I'll have to watch the tape and see the situations they were put in. At times I think they were under a pretty good amount of pressure.

"For a while there I thought Weeden was going to step up there and take that role (of backup quarterback), but I'm not sure that he did without watching the tape. We'll probably go through (the) summer and let those guys compete."

Redshirt freshman Travis Miller led all running backs with 72 yards on 12 carries, but Toston (48 yards on just four attempts) and redshirt freshman Kye Staley (36 yards on 10 carries) also caught Gundy's eye with starter Kendall Hunter not playing because he was away attending his sister's wedding.

In addition to rushing for 48 yards, Toston also had a 42-yard touchdown pass to Justin Horton. The Orange team led 10-9 late in the third quarter when the offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer called for the trick play. Cate tossed a sideway pass to Toston who pulled up and threw downfield to a wide open Horton for the touchdown.

"We try to have as much fun as we can. The game is pretty vanilla on both sides because of a lack of experience. You have guys in there who haven't played a lot, but we let them execute some trick plays and have some fun," Gundy said.

The Orange team defense was led by linebacker Justin Gent (seven tackles and a fumble recovery), defensive ends Nigel Nicholas (six tackles, including a quarterback sack) and Jeremiah Price (four tackles, including two sacks).

The White squad was led by safety Markelle Martin (eight tackles), safety Lucien Antoine (seven tackles) and STAR linebacker Andre Sexton (six tackles, including the sack of Cate for the safety). Defensive tackles Swanson Miller and Derek Burton also recorded sacks.

Orange 20, White 15
Orange 10 0 7 3 - 20
White 0 9 0 6 - 15

Orange – Dan Bailey 46-yard field goal
Orange – Keith Toston 10-yard run (Dan Bailey kick)
White – Safety, Orange QB Alex Cate called penalized for intentional grounding in end zone
White – DeMarcus Conner 25-yard pass from Brandon Weeden (Quinn Sharp kick)
Orange – Justin Horton 42-yard pass from Keiton Toston (Dan Bailey kick)
White - Donald Booker 42-yard interception return (run failed)
Orange - Dan Bailey 32-yard field goal

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