STARKVILLE – Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said that he wanted to see plays being made during Saturday’s initial spring scrimmage inside Davis Wade Stadium.
Mullen got his wish, as the Bulldogs amassed 768 yards and 10 touchdowns in 130 offensive plays while his defense also had a score of its own along with eight sacks and three forced turnovers.
“Offensively, I saw some guys making plays,” Mullen said. “I also saw some opportunities for some big things that we didn’t get and some short-field opportunities that we didn’t score on and we have to take advantage of those.
“Defensively it was the same type of deal – both good and bad. We had five three-and-outs for the 1s and five three-and-outs for the 2s. But we gave up some big plays and had a couple of penalties.”
Dak Prescott completed 16 of 26 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown while leading the first-team offense.
“Overall, he did a great job,” Mullen said of Prescott. “His leadership is good and got us going. We didn’t put him in a position to make a lot of plays with his legs. I love when you take that away from he still manages the offense.”
Nick Fitzgerald threw for 173 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while Damian Williams tossed for 112 yards, two scores and was intercepted once.
Nick Griffin led the Bulldogs’ backfield with 74 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and Brandon Holloway gained 67 yards on 15 attempts.
“Nick ran well and it’s good to see him get his legs back under him,” Prescott said. “He’s comfortable and running hard. Holloway did a great job, too, and surprised me with some of those moves. I knew he had it in him but it was good to see him show it out there.”
Malcolm Johnson and Fred Brown both eclipsed the 100-yard mark in receiving. Johnson caught six passes for 127 yards and a touchdown while Brown hauled in three balls for 108 yards and two scores.
Linebacker Dezmond Harris had a stellar scrimmage with a team-high nine tackles and returned a Williams interception 10-yards for a touchdown.
Defensive end John Harris collected eight tackles – five for loss – and three sacks. Linebacker Richie Brown and safety Kivon Coman each finished with seven stops with Brown making two tackles for loss and Coman blocking a field goal.
“The defense had some three-and-outs,” Richie Brown said. “Today we had an emphasis on making big tackles and getting the ball.”
The Bulldogs return to practice Tuesday at 4 p.m.