SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Quarterbacks Andre Broadous, Vince Moraga and Chris Brown all ran short yardage for touchdowns as the offense beat the defense 51-24 in Saturday's annual Green and Gold Spring Game presented by Meathead Movers in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Broadous and Moraga each ran one yard for scores while Brown added a two-yard scoring run as the offense scored three touchdowns, added one field goal on a 27-yarder by Stephen Pyle and accumulated 24 first downs, 282 yards rushing and 86 yards through the air.
"I was really pleased with the tempo, and we'll try to continue to upgrade the tempo even more," said fourth-year Mustang head coach Tim Walsh. "We got a lot of reps for the younger players. We probably would have liked to throw the ball more with Andre, but he got a lot of reps in practice."
Broadous played only the first series and engineered an 80-yard scoring drive capped by his one-yard dive. The 15-play march included a 15-yard run by Brandon Howe and a 21-yard pass from Broadous to Jordan Hines.
Pyle kicked his 27-yard field goal in the second quarter. Key play in that 75-yard drive was a 17-yard pass from Brown to Cole Stanford.
Moraga marched the Mustangs 75 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Matt Rulon sparked the drive with a 30-yard run and Moraga capped it with his one-yard plunge.
Brown's two-yard run for the offense's final touchdown came in the fourth quarter and capped another 75-yard drive. Brown scrambled 27 yards to keep the drive alive.
Rulon (pictured above) finished with 57 yards on just six carries while Moraga added 41 yards on eight trips and Howe 29 yards on six carries. Other notable ball carriers include Garrett Steele with 27 yards on seven carries and Brown with 55 yards on 11 trips.
Broadous completed one of three passes for 21 yards while Brown was 3-for-6 for 25 yards. Moraga connected on three of four passes for 19 yards while Kenny Johnston completed one of three passes. Doug Shumway did not play due to a fractured finger on his non-throwing hand.
Top receivers were Howe and Jordan Hines, each with two catches for 20 yards.
"I feel good about the progress our younger quarterbacks have made this spring," said Walsh. "There's still a ways to go. A lot of questions about our future quarterback still need to be answered."
The 105-play, 90-minute scrimmage also included a 22-yard pass on a reverse from Hines to Brandon Michalkiewicz.
Linebacker Xavier Ramos recorded a sack, a tackle for lost yardage and two other tackles to spark the Mustang defense while Grant Goebel, Amir Tadros and Chris Judge also notched four tackles. Goebel and Tadros each had a tackle for lost yardage.
Andrew Alcaraz and Kaulin Blair both recovered fumbles by the offense while Fernando Cabico earned a tackle for lost yardage. There were no interceptions in the game.
"I feel good about the physicality shown by the defense today," said Walsh. "We were more physical as the scrimmage went on, and we got the opportunity to sort out a few things on the defensive line. There were some good things and a lot of guys got in a lot of plays."
Nine of the 13 Mustangs who played on the defensive line last fall have completed their eligibility.
The kicking game also received a lot of attention in the Spring Game. While Paul Hundley returns to handle punts, he and walk-ons Marco Tavecchio and Stephen Pyle are battling for placekicking and kickoff chores as well.
In a post-game contest, Pyle made two field goals from 47 yards and three more from 42 yards while Tavecchio hit one from 47 yards. Hundley averaged 39.7 yards on his three punts while Tavecchio booted one punt 60 yards into the end zone.
"The kicking game is still open, but Stephen did a good job out here today," said Walsh. "We'll have to sit down with those guys and we'll make a decision later. There is no clear choice yet, but we now know their strengths and weaknesses."
Cal Poly will hold one more practice Monday morning to make up for a rained-out session two weeks ago, then will break camp and return to the practice field in early August to start preparations for the Mustangs' season opener Sept. 1 against the University of San Diego in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Photo by Ian Billings