April 6, 2013

Strong start lifts defense in scrimmage

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State held its first major scrimmage of the spring inside Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday with the defense winning the day after a strong start.

The first and second team defense held their offensive counterparts to only two scores during the first 14 drives in the first half and were declared the winners despite a strong second half comeback by the offense.

"The defense won, like 92 to 87 or whatever the scoring was," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "I mean you get two first downs in a drive or three-and-outs and all of that stuff. We have kind of a different points system that we give to everybody."

In the second half the first team offense especially got rolling with Tyler Russell tossing five touchdown passes in six drives. Russell guided the first team offense to 510 yards in 72 plays, six touchdowns and a field goal.

Russell finished the day 28-of-40 passing for 307 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.

"There were momentum shifts throughout the scrimmage," Russell said. "On offense, we started off with terrible field position and in some games you're going to do that. But we picked it up in the second half but we just weren't able to pull it out at the end."

Russell found a connection with Jameon Lewis, who caught three of his touchdown tosses. Lewis ended up with nine catches for 143 yards.

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