Cal Poly Amasses 467 Total Yards, 30 First Downs in Spring Game
SPRING GAME VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS (KSBY)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly rushed for 317 yards and passed for 150 more, scoring two touchdowns and a field goal in a 51-27 victory by the offense over the defense in the 2013 Spring Game presented by The Ribline and held Saturday afternoon in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Junior Vince Moraga and redshirt freshman Tanner Trosin each threw a touchdown pass while sophomore Dano Graves, a transfer from Air Force, rushed for 45 yards as each quarterback staked their claim to the starting role as Andre Broadous' replacement.
"All three guys did great things," said fifth-year Mustang head coach Tim Walsh. "We took a lot for granted with Andre as our starter for the last three years. Though the three guys who played today all did some good things, there are still a lot of things to work on."
Sophomore Chris Brown, also in the mix for the starting nod, did not play in Saturday's scrimmage due to a wrist injury.
Trosin connected with Sam Holguin on an 18-yard scoring pass on the fifth drive of the 90-minute scrimmage while Moraga hit Carson McMurtrey on a 16-yarder ending the 12th drive.
Senior Bobby Zalud was successful on a 27-yard field goal attempt.
The offense also scored points for its 30 first downs and a pair of plays of 25 yards or longer –- a 25-yard run on a fake punt by Stephen Pyle and a 31-yard pass from Kenny Johnston to Kenny Mitchell.
Kevin Britt and Tim Puerling, a pair of high school graduates from local schools, intercepted passes to boost the scoring for the Mustang defense. Britt, a Nipomo High School graduate, intercepted Graves on the ninth drive while Puerling, from St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, ended the scrimmage with an interception of Johnston.
The defense also scored points for holding the offense to a three-and-out (three times) as well as for stopping the offense from scoring (six times).
"The number of plays we were able to run (82 rushes, 23 passes) was the important thing for today," said Walsh. "With our top six or seven offensive linemen out, we got a lot of reps in for our young guys on the offensive line as well as the quarterbacks. That was a priority for the day.
"Kori Garcia looked real smooth at slotback," Walsh added. "He made some people miss and he was real physical out there. I also thought Brent Michaels ran well. He was a lot more physical today and that's what we've been trying to get him to do.
"Defensively, with so many guys back, everyone was able to get in a lot of reps," Walsh added. "I was real pleased with the play of all four safeties, but we have to find more depth at linebacker."
Moraga completed six of eight passes for 40 yards while Trosin was three of four for 43 yards. Graves connected on two of eight passes for 22 yards and Johnston completed three of five passes for 45 yards.
In addition to Graves, Cal Poly's rushing leaders were Garcia with 56 yards on nine carries, senior fullback Matthew Rulon with 47 yards on nine trips and Michaels with 46 yards on eight totes. Trosin added 31 yards on 1-0 carries while Moraga rushed for 14 yards on nine trips.
Top Mustang receivers were Mitchell and junior slotback Kristaan Ivory, each with three catches. McMurtrey added a pair of receptions.
Senior linebacker Xavier Ramos made 10 tackles to lead all Mustang defenfers. Junior lineman Wesley Flowers added seven tackles, including two for lost yardage, while lineman Joe Coleman notched six tackles, also with two for lost yardage.
Lineman Omar Omilabu also had six stops while Dylan Mohamed, B.J. Nard, Kelly Shepard and Jason Patterson made five tackles. Marcus Paige-Allen recorded the lone sack while Mohamed, Vante Smith-Johnson and Kyle Twisselman earned pass breakups. Linebacker Cameron Ontko notched a quarterback hurry.
Cal Poly's four-week 15-practice Spring Camp came to a close with Saturday's Spring Game. The 2013 season opens August 31 with the Mustangs hosting the University of San Diego at 4:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
2013 Cal Poly Spring Game
Green (Offense) 51, White (Defense) 27
Sam Holquin 18 pass from Tanner Trosin (Stephen Pyle kick)
Bobby Zalud 27 field goal
Carson McMurtrey 16 pass from Vince Moraga (Stephen Pyle kick)
Rushing (82 carries, 317 yards):
Kori Garcia 9-56, Matthew Rulon 9-47, Brent Michaels 8-46, Dano Graves 11-45, Tanner Trosin 10-31, Kristaan Ivory 5-23, Stephen Pyle 1-25, Brandon Howe 3-12, Roland Jackson 2-11, Vince Moraga 9-14, Connor Deutsch 6-10, Kevin Porche 2-4, Akaninyene Umoh 2-0, Kenny Mitchell 1-1, Hunter Reaume 2-(-3), Kenny Johnston 2-(-5).
Passing (14-23-2, 150 yards):
Dano Graves 2-8-1, 22; Vince Moraga 6-8-0, 40; Tanner Trosin 3-4-0, 43; Kenny Johnston 3-5-1, 45.
Receiving (14 catches, 150 yards):
Kenny Mitchell 3-53, Kristaan Ivory 3-8, Carson McMurtrey 2-23, Jordan Hines 1-19, Sam Holguin 1-18, Brandon Howe 1-12, Keishawn Rowe 1-7, Brent Michaels 1-6, Willie Tucker 1-4.
Xavier Ramos 10, Willie Flowers 7, Omar Omilabu 6, Joe Coleman 6, Kelly Shepard 5, Jason Patterson 5, Dylan Mohamed 5, B.J. Nard 5.
Photos by Ray Ambler