Mississippi State needed a strong performance to get over the heartache suffered in last week’s crushing loss at Auburn, and the Bulldogs did just that with a dominating second quarter that saw Dak Prescott score touchdowns in three different ways.
The sophomore quarterback, making his third career start for Dan Mullen’s club, became the first quarterback since Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (Oct. 18, 2012) to run, pass and catch a touchdown in a game. What’s even more impressive about his trifecta is he did it all in the span of 13 minutes.
Want to know what’s even more impressive than what Prescott did on Saturday night in Starkville?
He wasn’t even the only Bulldog to accomplish the rare trifecta as junior wide receiver Jameon Lewis pulled off the feat after he ran in from eight yards out in the third quarter. It was Lewis who would connect with Prescott on his touchdown reception and added a 50-yard score with a minute before halftime.
For the past four years, Mississippi State fans have been clamoring as loud as their cowbells at Davis Wade Stadium for some creativity and “outside the box” thinking on offense. They certainly got that in the win over Troy.
Say what you will about the level of competition, but the willingness of Mullen and offensive coordinator Les Koenning to draw up some imaginative plays will give opposing defenses something to think about in the coming weeks.
They’re going to need it in two weeks when they host LSU, but you have to like the effort and willingness to try something new.