Texas A&M beat Mississippi State from Kyle Field behind five Johnny Manziel touchdown passes, but the story of this game was the perseverance, determination and unrelenting spirit of Bulldog’s quarterback Dak Prescott.
Mississippi State’s sophomore lost his mother Peggy who succumbed to year-long fight with colon cancer and was laid to rest in Louisiana Wednesday. You would understand if State’s leading rusher and passer did not perform at a peak level vs. the Aggies, or if he even had to miss the game as he mourned the loss of his biggest fan.
— Dak Prescott (@15_DakP) November 9, 2013
Buoyed by the support of family, friends, teammates and an outpouring of love and support from college fans across the country, Prescott came in late in the first quarter and showed the heart and fight his mother instilled in him. Every time he tucked and ran with the ball I was picturing his mom up in Heaven cheering her boy on, and despite the big hits he was taking from the Aggie defense, she was saying, “Get up, son. Keep battling. I’m proud of you.”
He threw for 149 yards and two touchdown passes and ran for a career-high 154 yards on 16 carries and was robbed of a score when he was ruled to be just shy of the goal line in the fourth quarter. He looked unstoppable when he was running the ball in the middle of the field and is an exciting player that Mississippi State has rallied around.
Football and athletics are judged on statistics and your win-loss record, but I think the best way to judge an athlete and a person is how they battle through adversity and overcome the difficulties and challenges in front of them.
The scoreboard was not in favor of Prescott and Mississippi State as they lost 51-41 this evening in College Station, but you can’t tell me that Prescott was not the most impressive player on the field today because what he overcame.
Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and Google and email him at SchmidtPatrick@gmail.com for media inquiries.