April 18, 2009

Maroon wins scrimmage on final play

STARKVILLE, Miss., - From the first play from scrimmage you could already tell that things were going to be different during this year's Maroon-White spring game.

Maroon quarterback Tyson Lee connected with Leon Berry on a 39-yard pass to start things off and inviting the spread offense to Mississippi State.

Both squads appeared to be evenly matched and the scrimmage came down to the final play. Walk-on kicker Derek DePasquale booted a game-winning 24-yarder as time expired to lift the Maroon squad over their White counterparts, 24-21.

"I think our guys game out and they did a pretty good job," said head coach Dan Mullen. "They played well and were able to execute both sides. More importantly for our guys I think they had a great time. They had the opportunity to come out in front of their friends, their family and all these Mississippi State fans that came out to support us today and put on a show."

The Bulldogs set a state spring game record by having 31,606 fans show up to support their new head coach.

"The first thing I was impressed with was all the Mississippi State fans coming out and supporting us," Mullen said. "That was the most impressive thing that I saw. Offensively I was pleased that we had a clean scrimmage. You come out here and you put our product on our field for the first time in front of all these fans, we wanted to make sure we weren't fumbling the ball all over the field, jumping offsides all night long. Our guys when you put them in a pressure situation in front of a lot of fans, they came out and executed on a fairly well basis."

Lee led the Maroon team completing 19-of-33 passing for 251 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

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