By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
ATHENS, Ga. – Dylan Favre’s college quarterback debut was not memorable, but at least he got an opportunity.
The redshirt freshman played five snaps in the third quarter of Saturday’s 24-10 loss to Georgia. He was sacked on his first snap and didn’t complete either of his passes.
Favre was inserted on two different series after starter Chris Relf got shaken up.
“Chris was running the ball well, gets a first down for us up the middle. And he looked a little bit shaky, and I wanted to go fast, keep some momentum going, so threw Dylan out there to let him come off the field, catch his breath,” coach Dan Mullen said. “The positive of that, Dylan now has his experience.”
After a 19-6 loss to LSU on Sept. 15, Favre sent out a Twitter message asking, “Is an opportunity 2 much to ask for?” He immediately called Mullen and apologized, and they patched things up.
Tyler Russell had played versus LSU, but he was out Saturday with a knee injury. Russell’s worn a brace on his left knee the last two games but was said by Mullen to be available the week before against Louisiana Tech.
So Favre, who’s seen action on special teams, got his chance. And he learned a valuable lesson.
“I learned today the chances you do get, you better make the most of them,” he said.
Slay’s big play
Darius Slay, a transfer from Itawamba, got his biggest playing time of the season at cornerback. With starter Corey Broomfield limited due to a sprained thumb, the bigger Slay (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) got the nod to handle Georgia’s big receivers.
In the fourth quarter, he intercepted Aaron Murray and took it 72 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown.
“I played at least 30 plays today,” Slay said. “I was surprised by how much I played, but I know I was going to play a lot.”
Mullen didn’t have any hesitation in playing Slay, who originally signed with MSU out of high school but went the junior college route instead.
“When a guy plays at the level of where he’s equal (to the starter), maybe it’s really close because of experience or something, that guys deserves playing time, and we’re going to get them on the field,” Mullen said.
MSU trailed 14-3 in the second quarter when a Cam Lawrence interception set it up at Georgia’s 28-yard line. But Chris Smith mishandled a well-thrown pass from Chris Relf, and Georgia’s Sanders Commings came up with the interception.
After the Commings pick, Georgia took the ball 81 yards and went up 21-3 on a 7-yard touchdown run by Carlton Thomas.
38 – Georgia’s average starting field position on its four scoring drives – three touchdowns and a field goal – was the MSU 38-yard line.
“You’ve got to win ballgames. We have to get back to our identity. We’ve got to find out who we are.” – MSU offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry
The first wildcat snap of the season was handled by redshirt freshman Jameon Lewis, who carried the ball for a 3-yard gain in the third quarter. … Field goal kicker Derek DePasquale took over kickoff duties from Brian Egan. … Dan Mullen is now 5-2 against Eastern Division teams, the other loss coming to Florida in 2009. … MSU’s Chris Smith had six catches for 46 yards, while Arceto Clark had five for 57 yards. … Cam Lawrence led MSU with 12 tackles.