Mississippi State’s offense has had its share of troubles during spring scrimmages, but it put on a show this afternoon in the annual Maroon-White spring game. The Maroon squad, led by walk-on quarterback Sam Cowart, defeated the Tyler Russell-led White team, 38-28, at Davis Wade Stadium.
Russell had a solid afternoon, completing 13 of 24 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns, and then he sat out the second half, which featured a running clock. The Maroon led 17-14 halftime, then fell behind, but tailback Derrick Milton‘s 6-yard TD run – his second score of the day – made it 24-21. Milton finished with 99 yards on 18 carries, while Brandon Holloway led the Maroons with 128 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Cowart, who’s gotten a lot of snaps this spring with backup Dak Prescott sidelined by a toe injury, completed 23 of 33 for 197 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Late in the first half, Cowart hit Jeremey Chappelle for what turned into a 55-yard TD. Chappelle made some nice moves and got a big block from tight end Malcolm Johnson. Chappelle, a juco transfer, led all receivers with eight catches for 114 yards.
Brandon Hill, a backup tight end, scored on both of his catches. The first one, 10 yards from Russell, gave the White a 7-0 lead.
For all the offense, there were some good moments for the defense. Safety Jay Hughes had an interception and made three tackles for the White team. Another safety, Dee Arrington, recorded seven tackles. For the Maroon, linebacker Beniquez Brown had six tackles and a tackle-for-loss, while safety Kendrick Market made five stops.