In what was an uncommonly entertaining spring game featuring a running clock and Spencer Dinwiddie on the press box P.A., Black topped Gold 21-17 on the strength of a late comeback, capped by a Malcolm Creer one-yard touchdown.
After Black's first drive stalled, Gold methodically marched down the field, taking a 7-0 lead on a Sefo Liufau completion to D.D. Goodson.
Jordan Gehrke and Black responded with a 67-yard catch-and-run to freshman wideout Bryce Bobo, who had an excellent game. Bobo grabbed Gehrke's pass along the left sideline and cut inside, breaking an ankle tackle on his way to the endzone.
Both the conclusion of the first half and the second half featured great opportunities for CU to improve in end of half situations. At the end of the first half, Gold had a chance to extend their lead, but the drive stalled and Diego Gonzalez missed a 47-yard field goal, sending both teams into the locker room with the score tied at seven.
The Gold team began the second half much like they started the first: methodically pushing the ball downfield, with Nelson Spruce and Michael Adkins II picking up small chunks of yardage and eating up clock. But once again, Gold's promising drive stalled, and Chris Graham knocked home a 39-yard field goal with 6:17 left in the third quarter.
As the fourth quarter started, it looked like the Gold team would run away with the game. A touchdown pass from Liufau to Lee Walker gave Gold their largest lead; 17-7 with just under 12 minutes to play.
But Black rallied. Trent Sessions entered the game under center and found Bobo for a 43-yard gain down the left sideline. Bobo nearly scored his second touchdown of the game on a Sessions pass up the middle, but he came up just shy of the endzone. Jordan Murphy punched through the defensive line from one-yard out to close the gap to 17-14.
With a great opportunity to ice the game, Terrance Crowder fumbled and Black recovered. Malcolm Creer bullied his way down field and into the end zone on a six-yard run, giving Black their first lead at 21-17.
With 1:43 to play, Gold was able to push the ball to the Black 33, but four straight incompletions sealed the Black victory. The game's final play saw Sacramento City C.C. transfer Ahkello Witherspoon - who had an excellent game - break up a Liufau pass in the endzone.
At the game's conclusion, MacIntyre took the mic and announced his team's elected captains. CU's 2014 captains are Liufau, Spruce, Daniel Munyer, Addison Gillam, Juda Parker, and Terrell Smith.
Fall practice begins August 2, with players reporting on the first of August.
Stars of the Spring Game
DB Ahkello Witherspoon - SO
Witherspoon picked off Liufau in the first half, and put the kibosh on Gold's last attempt to reclaim the lead late in the fourth quarter.
WR Bryce Bobo - FR
Bobo had over 100 yards receiving and provided the game's most exciting play with his 67-yard touchdown. Really should have been credited with two touchdowns, but officials ruled he came up just short of the goal line in the fourth quarter.
WR Nelson Spruce - WR
A good bet to lead the Buffs in receptions in 2014, Spruce was just solid in the Spring Game. Nothing too flashy, but no drops.