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
"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.