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Carrie Anderson

Record Crowd Attends Maroon-White Game

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - 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.

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