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."