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Cyclone offenses shine in spring game

AMES -- Iowa State's spring game offenses rolled up 735 total yards Saturday as the Gold beat the Cardinal team, 23-17 before more than 10,000 fans at Jack Trice Stadium. ISU's quarterbacks led the charge.  Starter Austen Arnaud completed 14-of-20 passes for 156 yards for the Cardinal team. His 2009 backup, Jerome Tiller finished a strong week of practice by completing 21-of-32 passes for 200 yards for the Gold team.
"We are ahead of where we were last season at this time," Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said. "You can see it in our tackling, the reads that players are making out there and in overall grasp of the system our players have now."
Redshirt freshman James White led all ground gainers with 94 yards on 17 carries, including a 50-yard dash for a touchdown that tied the game at 17-17 with 5:55 left in the third quarter.  The Gold team broke the tie with a 52-yard field goal by Grant Mahoney. Mahoney provided the final score of the day with a 45-yard field goal for the Gold unit.
The game was played on a beautiful afternoon during which the Jack Trice Stadium grass was drenched with sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s.
"I was looking for accuracy and consistency from our quarterbacks today," Rhoads said. "I think we saw that today. Jerome Tiller showed me improvement this week and that was on display."
Rhoads said the redshirt freshman Jeff Woody is contending for the spot to backup starting running back Alexander Robinson.
"He is the same guy on the field and off the field every day," Rhoads said. "You can count on him as a north-south running back. I think James White also showed what he is capable of doing on the field."
Woody tallied 67 yards on 13 carries.  Darius Reynolds and Donnie Jennert had four catches each for the Gold team, for a total of 45 and 41 yards respectively. Darius Darks had four catches for 38 yards the lead the Cardinal squad.
Defensive back Earl Brooks and linebacker Kevin Hamlin led the Cardinal team with six tackles each. The Gold team was led by defensive back Ter'ran Benton, who made six tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss. Linebacker A.J. Klein had six tackles, two for loss to led the Gold squad.
Online reporter Mark Woodley
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