Mississippi State (2-3, 0-2) is now a two-quarterback team. Dak Prescott ended up starting against LSU after two weeks of mystery. Previously, Dan Mullen said senior Tyler Russell – who returned after missing three games due to a concussion – would be the starter after the team’s win against Troy on Sept. 21. Regardless of who started, both guys got significant time on the field, and that’s not likely to change moving forward.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Prescott has been terrific in Russell’s place. He brings the Bulldogs much more of a running threat and has been pretty good throwing, as well. On the team’s first offensive drive against LSU, he rewarded Mullen’s confidence with a 28-yard touchdown run to pull the Bulldogs to 7-6.
Then, Russell entered the game early in the second quarter and also had immediate success, throwing a 20-yard touchdown to to pull Mississippi State to 21-16 in the second quarter. The Bulldogs took a brief 23-21 lead on Russell’s 59-yard touchdown pass to De’Runnya Wilson, but LSU responded with a 14-yard touchdown pass to take a 28-23 lead into halftime. Mississippi State trailed from that point on.
Russell’s second touchdown pass was the 39th of his career, which set a Mississippi State record. He finished 7-of-11 for 146 yards passing.
What to look for in Week 7: Defensive improvement. LSU gouged the Bulldogs for 563 yards last week. Luckily for State, this week’s opponent, Bowling Green, doesn’t have near the caliber of playmakers the Tigers enjoy. Mississippi State should bounce back with a much-needed victory, and likely do it in style.