By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Coach Dan Mullen wanted Mississippi State’s spring game to be as evenly matched as possible.
Evan Sobiesk came on to kick a 28-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Maroon team to a 41-38 victory in front of a crowd of 21,710.
“Somehow I really split those teams up pretty evenly today,” Mullen said. “It was pretty good. We walked out of here really healthy, which is always a big concern. Our guys really enjoy playing together and we’re a close-knit team and they really had fun out on the field today.”
Rising junior quarterback Dak Prescott and true freshman Nick Fitzgerald led the Maroon offense, each with a passing and rushing touchdown. Prescott completed 7 of 9 passes for 131 yards and a score while Fitzgerald hit on 17 of 26 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.
“The atmosphere was awesome,” said Prescott, who missed last year’s spring game due to injury. “The fans stayed from beginning to the end supporting us. It was just a great game.”
Sophomore Damian Williams guided the White offense, connecting on 21 of 32 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns.
Most of Williams’ passes went the way of sophomore Fred Brown, who led all receivers with 10 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Brown caught a 22-yard touchdown in the second quarter and snagged a 2-yard score in the third.
“I’ve been working hard this offseason and have kept grinding,” Brown said. “I come to practice every day trying to take advantage of the opportunities they give me.”
Senior Robert Johnson paced the Maroon receivers with five catches for 55 yards while De’Runnya Wilson hauled in four passes for 87 yards.
Senior Nick Griffin led the Maroon backfield with nine carries for 35 yards including a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Sophomore Brandon Holloway was the White’s top rusher with nine yards on nine carries.
Walk-on quarterback Josiah Phillips threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Myles and then rushed in the two-point conversion to tie the game at 38 with 5:54 remaining.
A Kivon Coman interception return to the 19-yard line set up Sobiesk’s game-winning field goal on the final play.
“It was definitely a good learning experience to make it,” Sobiesk said. “Hopefully we’ll have a couple of those situations during the season and I can put them through.”