Some good and some bad for Mississippi State fans today. First, the good.
The Bulldog football team held their second scrimmage of the spring this morning, and coach Dan Mullen was pleased with all three phases. "We executed some things offensively today," he said. "The offense won today, but both sides played hard."
There were a few highlights, two in particular. The offense had a 15-play, 98-yard scoring drive capped by tailback Anthony Dixon's 1-yard pass to Nelson Hurst. That kind of captured the tension of a scrimmage – Mullen was happy for the offense but irked that the defense got abused that way. "[T]hat type of thing should never happen to our defense."
The other big highlight was kicker Sean Brauchle's 57-yard field goal, and his consistency in general, which is a welcome sight for State fans.
Six Bulldogs scored on offense. On defense, linebacker Chris White had a 41-yard interception return for touchdown, while cornerback Louis Watson scored on a 6-yard INT return. Now for a few stats:
• RUSHING: Patrick Hanrahan 16-77, TD; Anthony Dixon 14-63, 2 TDs; Tyson Lee 12-43, 2 TDs; Sylvester Hemphill 17-40, 2 TDs.
• PASSING: Lee 11-25-1, 113 yards; Chris Relf 6-17-2, 127 yards, TD; Dixon 1-1-0, 1 yards, TD.
• RECEIVING: Leon Berry 4-50; O'Neal Wilder 3-35; Delmon Robinson 3-21; Dixon 2-13; Charles Bailey 1-8, TD; Kyle Roberts 2-31, TD; Tay Bowser 1-42; Kendrick Cook 1-40, Nelson Hurst 1-1.
Now, the bad. In baseball, State (18-17, 4-10 SEC) lost to Tennessee (15-20, 3-11) this afternoon, 4-2. That came on the heels of Friday's 6-1 loss. In today's game, freshman Nick Routt (4-2) went the distance for the fourth straight time for MSU, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out eight and walking five. Tennessee's Nick Hernandez (2-4) allowed two runs on six hits in 6.1 innings.
Game 3 is set for noon Sunday.