The Morehead News

MSU Sports

May 2, 2012

MSU football wraps up spring ball with spirited blue-white game

May 1, 2012 — Morehead State football wrapped up its month-long spring practices Sunday with the annual Blue-White game at Jayne Stadium. In a spirited two-hour contest, the Eagle offense overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to rally and defeat the defensive unit, 61-42.

The contest featured a unique scoring system that awarded points for several situations, including big plays, touchdowns and multiple first downs on offense, and sacks, interceptions, tackles for loss and stopping drives on defense.

“I really liked our effort and the way our offense played in the second half,” said MSU Head Coach Matt Ballard. “Our defense was so physical and aggressive and created some turnovers, but that’s why we have the scoring system we do. It awards points for making plays and showing great effort and not just scoring touchdowns.”

The Eagle defense surged to a 35-21 halftime advantage thanks to three interceptions and several pass breakups and drive-killing stops. Sophomore defenders Michael Jackson and Chris Benton and redshirt sophomore Nick McCune all came up with picks in the first half.

The offense opened the second half with a 95-yard scoring drive, capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Zach Lewis to senior wide receiver Donte Sawyer, one of two scoring tosses caught by Sawyer on the day.

Lewis, MSU’s record-setting signal-caller, passed for 250 yards on 20 completions. Sawyer grabbed a team-best five passes for more than 50 yards.

“Football is a game of adversity,” Ballard said. “We talked to our offense at halftime when they were down by 14. We told them you have to be sound, sharp and just make plays. They came out and took the first drive and moved 95 yards and set the tone for the second half.”

The Eagle offense also received a pair of touchdowns from senior wideout Kevin Thomas and redshirt freshman Justin Cornwall. Thomas caught a 49-yard score from redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Mann and also threw a touchdown to junior wideout Jason Rider. Cornwall snagged a 24-yard scoring toss from redshirt sophomore quarterback Boone Goldsmith and also rushed for a 25-yard touchdown. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Shade Whitfield caught a scoring pass as well.

Text Only
MSU Sports
  • F-3 Drew Kelly.JPG Five MSU basketball players pick up academic honors

    Morehead State's Drew Kelly, Chad Posthumus, Kareem Storey, Jordan Percell and Karam Mashour have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for academic achievement.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • F-4 Zach Lewis.jpg Former MSU quarterback elevated to assistant coach

    Zach Lewis, who holds numerous offensive records at Morehead State, has been elevated to assistant football coach. Lewis will coach the slot receivers.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • MSU baseball inks left-handed pitcher and infielder

    Aaron Leasher, a left-handed pitcher, and Braxton Morris, an infielder, have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Morehead State baseball program.

    July 25, 2014

  • Becker named MSU director of volleyball operations

    Daniel Becker, who served as Morehead State's graduate assistant for athletic video operations the past two years and produced more than 100 events for the Ohio Valley Conference Digital Network, has been named the school's director of volleyball operations.

    July 25, 2014

  • Bornhauser named to CFPA Watch List

    Morehead State senior Brandon Bornhauser has been named to the College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returner Watch List.

    July 25, 2014

  • MSU fall sports season tickets on sale

    Season tickets for Morehead State football, volleyball and soccer are now on sale through the MSU ticket office and online through

    July 21, 2014

  • Brent Arrington Morehead State’s 2013-14 athletic points of pride

    Morehead State Athletics concluded one of its most successful years in 2013-14 with a high rate of awards, conference championships, academic successes and much more.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alan Joseph MSU rifle tabs new coach

    Alan Joseph, who coached 18 All-Americans and two Olympians during a 20+ year career leading the Xavier rifle program, has been named head rifle coach at Morehead State.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Will Branham MSU golf announces 2014 fall schedule

    The Morehead State men's golf program will encounter five fall tournaments between Sept. 8 and Oct. 21. Four of the five events will take place in the state of Kentucky.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • F-2 Brandon Bornhauser.JPG Four football Eagles earn preseason honors

    Morehead State football seniors Michael Jackson, Joshua Brunner and Brandon Bornhauser and junior Alex Hey have been named Preseason All-Americans by USA College Football.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

The Morehead News on Facebook

The Kentucky Department of Corrections is allowing Rowan County to plan for a 300-bed jail. Do you support building a jail that is nearly four times larger than the current facility?

     View Results