Scrimmage: Defense Wins, Offense Has Moments

In MSU’s first full scrimmage of the spring, the defense emerged the victor, which wasn’t a surprise. But the offense had some nice moments.

Chris Relf, quarterbacking the first-team offense, connected with Chad Bumphis for a 60-yard touchdown pass.

• Relf had a 62-yard TD run.

Tyler Russell, under center for the second-teamers, capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive with a 34-yard screen pass to tailback LaDarius Perkins for a score.

Relf finished the scrimmage 7 of 11 for 33 yards, and he rushed for 72 yards on seven carries. Russell was 12 of 17 for 156 yards and two TDs. Brandon Heavens led the receiving corps with five catches for 52 yards. (Stats included only the open-field scrimmage, not goal line, red zone and third down work.)

But back to the defense. It held Perkins, Vick Ballard and Montrell Conner to a combined 20 yards on 12 carries.

“The defense won the day,” coach Dan Mullen said. “They were really winning big in open field, but the offense did a nice job of getting in the end zone when they had scoring chances late in practice. We’ll go back and watch the film and get a better idea of where we stand as a whole after today.”

MSU’s next practice is Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.