The West Virginia Mountaineers held their annual Gold-Blue Spring Game today in front of an estimated 6,000 fans at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV.
The West Virginia offense came out on top in the scrimmage, defeating the Mountaineer defense by a score of 49-46 in the finals seconds of the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass from quarterback/wide receiver David Sills to wide receiver Ricky Rogers.
West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard finished the day 18-of-26 with three touchdowns and an interception that was returned by Antonio Crawford for a defensive touchdown. Following the game, head coach Dana Holgorsen stated that Howard has locked down the starting job and the real competition is between William Crest and Chris Chugunov for the backup position. Chugunov was held out the game today with a shoulder injury, and Crest finished his day 2-of-5 for 17 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and an near decapitation from a would-be targeting hit from linebacker Sean Walters.
A couple true freshman made their debuts for the old gold and blue and left a good first impression on the Mountaineer faithful in attendance. Quarterback Cody Saunders finished his day 6-of-7 for 92 yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Marcus Simms hauled in five passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Marcus Simms hauls in his second touchdown of the day.
The Mountaineers will try to carry the momentum from the Gold-Blue game into Summer workouts and Fall practice as they prepare to take on the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, September 3rd in Morgantown to kick off the 2016 season.