Keller's Field Goal Lifts Gold Past Green 3-0 in Spring Football Game
Release: April 21, 2012
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FARGO, N.D.--Adam Keller's 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter lifted the Gold past the Green in the annual North Dakota State University Spring Football Game played Saturday, April 21, before a record crowd of 5,842, in the Fargodome and a statewide television audience.
It was the second shutout in the spring game over the past four years. The Green posted a 10-0 win in 2009. The previous record crowd was 3,051 last year.
"Every spring game is different. The big decision was whether we were going to have overtime. I was certainly pleased with the place-kicking of Adam (Keller). It was good to see him go out and make a field goal in a pressurized situation," said NDSU head coach Craig Bohl.
"It was good to see some of our younger guys get out there and compete. I was encouraged by our athleticism. I was also encouraged that we didn't get anyone hurt from what I understand."
The spring game format included 12-minute quarters, first and second played with regular timing and the third and fourth with running time.
Keller, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound sophomore from Lewisberry, Pa., connected on the 43-yard field goal for the Gold with 9:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The field goal was setup by linebacker Alex LaVoy's fumble recovery at the Green 40 yard line with 52-seconds remaining in the third quarter. Defensive lineman Alex Enyi sacked Green quarterback Ryan Stanford and forced the fumble.
LaVoy, a 6-foot, 212-pound redshirt freshman from Naytahwaysh, Minn., posted a game-high seven tackles for the Gold including 1.5 tackles for loss and added two pass breakups.
The defenses dominated both sides of the field. There were 11 first downs, six by the Gold, and 224 yards of total offense on 75 plays from scrimmage.
Stanford completed 10 of 18 passes for 72 yards for the Green, while Brock Jensen and Esley Thorton combined to complete 9 of 18 passes for 77 yards. There were no interceptions and only three penalties for 15 yards by both teams.
Each defense had three sacks including one by junior linebacker Grant Olson, who led the Green with six tackles. Cornerback Marcus Williams had two of the Green's four pass breakups.
Redshirt freshman DeShawn Dinwiddie and Enyi each had a pair of tackles for loss. Enyi finished with six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the middle for the Gold.
Another redshirt freshman, Ben LeCompte, punted for both teams. LeCompte punted 12 times for an average of 42.6 yards including a pair of 54-yard efforts. He had four 50-plus yard efforts and four inside the 20.
Each team had one trick play in the first half. The Green's double-reverse pass fell incomplete, while the Gold converted on a fourth down play with wide receiver Ryan Smith bolting for 15 yards out of a rugby formation. Smith caught four passes for 44 yards, while Andrew Okland led the Green with three catches for 21 yards.
There was also the option of one reviewable play. An interception by LaVoy was overturned by replay official and director of football operations Brian Gordon. Three different players had four touches on the ball, originally broken up by LaVoy, hit by Dinwiddie, bouncing off safety Bobby Ollman and corralled by LaVoy, who was ruled out of bounds.
The 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national championship team was honored prior to the game with a ring ceremony.