April 21, 2012

Strong start leads Maroon to win

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State's 60-yard field on Saturday created quite an advantage for the offense.

The Bulldogs shared Scott Field with Sugarland in a postgame concert which was the cause of the short field allowing 55 points to be scored in the spring game.

The Maroon Squad came out on top in the scrimmage defeating their white counterparts 33-22 in front of 22,604 on hand.

"It was good and it's what you wanted," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "I think we stayed healthy which is always what you want in a spring game. We wanted to put young guys who haven't been in this situation on the field in front of a lot of fans in a real game day environment."

The Maroon Team rolled up 428 yards of offense. The Maroon had 336 yards through the air and added another 92 on the ground.

The Maroon was paced by junior quarterback Tyler Russell. Russell completed 24-of-43 passing for 312 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

"I felt really good and comfortable back there," Russell said. "My job is just to get the guys and go and when you get down there, score. Sometimes we didn't but you've just got to keep the guys up and try to score next time."

Russell connected with sophomore Jameon Lewis 10 times for 144 yards and a touchdown to lead both teams in receiving.

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