Spring Football Games
Mississippi State:Maroon team beats White in Miss. St. spring game
The Associated Press
STARKVILLE — Derek DePasquale hit two field goals to lead the Maroon squad to a 24-21 victory over the White squad in Mississippi State’s annual spring football game Saturday night.
With a school-record 31,600 in attendance, DePasquale’s final field goal, a 24-yarder, sailed good with just seconds left in regulation.
“I’m a guy that’s not usually satisfied,” first-year head coach Dan Mullen said. “You always want more. But I think we were able to establish some foundations for our offense and for our defense, but more importantly some foundation of what we expect effort-wise from our guys out on the field.”
Maroon quarterback Tyson Lee, who started for the Bulldogs last season, was 19-of-33 for 251 yards. Junior Leon Berry led the receiving core with eight catches for 125 yards.
“I came out and ran good routes and just tried to get my timing down,” Berry said. “I just can’t wait for the fall when we all get to come together as a family on one team.”
For the White squad, Anthony Dixon led all rushers with 59 yards on 11 rushes and one touchdown, and freshman receiver O’Neal Wilder had four receptions for 122 yards.
After replacing Sylvester Croom in December, Mullen placed heavy public emphasis on the spring game as a chance for fans to get an early look at what they can expect on the field this fall.
“This was really our first chance to put a product out on the field for our fans,” Mullen said. “You don’t want to look sloppy. I thought we executed out there on a fairly consistent basis.”
Mullen came to MSU from Florida, where he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for both of the Gators’ national championships under Urban Meyer.
Ole Miss: Snead shines in Ole Miss spring game
The Associated Press
OXFORD – Jevan Snead threw for three touchdowns and directed six consecutive touchdown drives Saturday to lead the Blue team over the Red 55-28 in the Mississippi spring game, known as the Grove Bowl.
Snead finished 11-of-15 for 254 yards with touchdown strikes of 12, 20 and 70 yards. Shay Hodge, Dexter McClusker and Markeith Summers each had a touchdown catch for the Blue team, made up of mostly starting players.
The Blue team finished with 524 yards of total offense.
The scrimmage featured a variation of traditional rules. The Red team was awarded seven points each quarter. Several skill position players, including McClusker and Snead, wore “no contact” jerseys.
Devin Thomas led all rushers with 68 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run in the second period for the Blue. Jacarious Lucas had second half touchdown catches of 19 and 50 yards from reserve quarterbacks Billy Tapp and Nathan Stanley, respectively.
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