Prescott steps up

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott celebrates his touchdown with teammates Robert Johnson and Jameon Lewis during Saturday night's game in Starkville. MSU defeated Troy 62-7.

Lauren Wood | Daily Journal
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott celebrates his touchdown with teammates Robert Johnson and Jameon Lewis during Saturday night’s game in Starkville. MSU defeated Troy 62-7.

By Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Dak Prescott has made the most of his three starts for injured quarterback Tyler Russell.

Prescott has led Mississippi State to a 2-1 record over that span with 862 yards of total offense and nine touchdowns. The sophomore has completed 47 of 85 passing for 709 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while rushing 37 times for 215 yards and five scores on the year.

It was another impressive evening for Prescott on Saturday against Troy. He connected on 13 of 21 passing for 233 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 53 yards and two more scores.

To top things off, Prescott also caught a 36-yard touchdown pass by Jameon Lewis during the second quarter.

Prescott and Lewis combined for five touchdowns during the game and each recorded at least one passing, one rushing and one receiving score.

“I don’t know that we opened the playbook more, maybe we did,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “We ran a lot of the same plays that we always run. Each week we just have a little variation on it. I love running fun plays like the throw back pass.”

Russell has been out with a concussion since the second half against Oklahoma State in week 1. An MSU spokesman stated that Russell was cleared for contact on Thursday but did not see action Saturday night.

“Tyler was cleared late in the week but Dak had gotten all the (first team) reps during the week,” Mullen said. “Tyler’s still our starter and we plan on him starting the LSU game moving forward.”

True freshman Damian Williams took over for Prescott on the second drive of the second half and went the rest of the way.

logan.lowery@journalinc.com