Prescott sets career highs in passing, rushing yards

Dave Martin | Associated Press MSU sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott rushed for a career-high 133 yards against Auburn on Saturday.

Dave Martin | Associated Press
MSU sophomore quarterback Dak Prescott rushed for a career-high 133 yards against Auburn on Saturday.

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

AUBURN, Ala. – Tyler Russell dressed out and went through pregame warm-ups. Russell was even announced as Mississippi State’s starting quarterback by the public address announcer at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

But the senior signal-caller would not see the field. as he was still suffering from a Week 1 concussion.

Instead, it was Dak Prescott’s show.

The sophomore for the Bulldogs started his second straight game and finished with 346 total yards and two touchdowns. Pres-cott connected on 15 of 28 passes for 213 yards and also rushed 22 times for 133 yards and two scores, all career highs.

But despite Prescott’s efforts, MSU came up on the losing end of a 24-20 score when Auburn went ahead with only 10 seconds remaining. But Prescott’s play silenced many of the 85,817 fans at times.

“It was good going into a hostile environment,” Prescott said. “I like that. It was good to go into a good atmosphere on the road, we’ve just got to come out with a win.

Reaches Relf’s mark

Prescott became the first quarterback to rush for 100 yards and pass for 200 yards since Chris Relf did so against Arkansas in 2010. In the last two games on the plains of Auburn, Prescott and Relf have combined for 239 yards rushing.

Prescott’s night included a career-long 61-yard completion to Robert Johnson as well as a career-best run of 47-yards. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder has accounted for five touchdowns in both of his starts for the Bulldogs.

“He plays hard,” said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. “I thought he made some good reads and made some good throws. He missed some throws and missed some reads so we’ll evaluate it all on film.”

Mullen stated that although Russell dressed for the game, he was not medically cleared by team physicians for contact.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com