HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Green team downed the White team 17-14 in Marshall University's annual Green & White Spring Football Game Presented by Kroger in front of 11,819 fans at Joan C. Edwards Stadium Saturday.
The crowd is the second largest ever for a Marshall spring game, despite rain and the threat of thunderstorms throughout the afternoon that caused the contest to be halted after three quarters. The crowd is second only to the 17,346 that attended the 2006 game that included a reunion of Marshall's undefeated 1996 national championship team. Fans were also treated to a pregame and halftime concert by the country music group Gloriana.
The game also closed out Marshall's first spring with head coach Doc Holliday at the helm. Holliday's team will now engage in summer conditioning leading up to the start of camp in August.
South Charleston sophomore Aaron Dobson caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Brian Anderson to start the scoring at the 9:26 mark of the first quarter and Parkersburg's added the point after kick to put the Green team ahead 7-0 only to have redshirt freshman quarterback A.J. Graham cap off a 70-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run at the 6:50 mark to tie the game following a Drew Stewart PAT.
Running back Martin Ward scored on a two yard run in the second quarter to put the Green back on top until the White team knotted the game at 14-14 when A.J. Graham connected wtih Antavious Wilson on a 20-yard TD pass with just 15 seconds to go in the half. Tyler Warner would later break the tie with a 30-yard field goal at the 3:25 mark of the third quarter to close out the scoring.
Sophomore Andre Booker led all rushers with 10 carries for 44 yards, while Dobson led all receivers with four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.
A.J. Graham completed 14-of-20 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown while splitting time with both teams. He also rushed 10 times for 22 yards and a score. Senior Brian Anderson completed 16-of-26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Derek Mitchell and George Carpenter were credited with six tackles each to lead all tacklers. Mitchell, Moterius Lovett, Jame Rouse, Marques Aiken and DeMetrius Thompson were all credited with one sack each. There were no turnovers in the game.
The game capped off a tremendous weekend for Marshall alumni and fans. NFL stars Randy Moss, Chad Pennington, John Wade and Byron Leftwich were inducted into the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night in front of a record crowd of 1,200 at the annual Big Green Scholarship Foundation Dinner Presented by Pepsi and Sheetz. Saturday morning more than 100 former letterwinners attended a town hall meeting at the Cam Henderson to discuss the future of Marshall Athletics and thousands turned out for pre-game tailgating and the spring game later in the afternoon.