Offense Tops Defense 29-22 in Green and Gold Spring Game
Carson Wentz's 59-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Illies on fourth-and-2 lifted the North Dakota State offense to a 29-22 win over the defense on the final play of the annual Green and Gold spring game Saturday, April 26, before a crowd of 4,542 at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
Wentz finished 11-for-20 passing for 165 yards and Darius Anderson rushed 14 times for 89 yards to lead the Bison attack. Chase Morlock had nine carries for 54 yards and Melvin DeSouza had five carries for 21 yards and a touchdown.
Eleven different receivers caught passes for NDSU with Illies, Zach Vraa and Tyler Wrice all making two grabs. Ben LeCompte averaged 42.2 yards on eight punts including a long of 50 yards and five inside the 20. Kicker Tom Barneson converted a pair of PAT kicks but missed a 44-yard field goal try.
The NDSU defense earned three points for Chris Board's 24-yard interception return on a deflected Wentz pass, four points on plays for lost yardage, and six points for three sacks. The green team also scored two points for a three-and-out to start the game and one point for each of seven other drives ended.
The NDSU offense scored 12 points for running 12 big plays of 10-plus yards including a 30-yard pass from Wentz to Vraa and a 34-yard rush by Chase Morlock on the opening play of a second-half drive. The offense also scored two points for a 12-play drive in the first half that spanned 67 yards before Barneson's miss.
The game, preceded by a 15-minute ceremony to present NCAA championship rings to last year's team, was televised live in high definition to a statewide audience on the North Dakota NBC network for the second straight year. It was the last of 15 practices and marked the end of spring camp.
North Dakota State carries school- and FCS-record 24-game winning streak into the 2014 season-opener Saturday, Aug. 30, against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.