STARKVILLE, MISS - With just over a minute left in Mississippi State's Maroon and White spring game, the Maroon team punched in a touchdown to cap a comeback victory 23-20 over the White team.
In the final workout of 2011 spring practice, the Maroon squad, led by quarterback Chris Relf, notched the first score of the evening on a 6-play, 65-yard drive capped with a Relf 1-yard TD rush with 3:09 left in the first quarter. Kicker Brian Egan added the extra point to give Maroon a 7-0 advantage.
Quarterback Tyler Russell and the White team responded on its first offensive possession of the night, driving 28 yards on nine plays before stalling on third down. However, senior kicker Derek DePasquale would connect on a 54-yard field goal to cut the White's deficit to 7-3 with 6:38 left in the opening period.
The Maroon team would extend its lead to 10-3 with 9:04 left in the first half after Egan was good from 47-yards out. DePasquale would get in the action once again as he also connected on a 47-yard field goal with 6:38 left in the half to cut the score to 10-6.
Amidst an outstanding performance, redshirt freshman quarterback Dylan Favre led the Maroon team on a 7-play, 65-yard scoring drive as he connected with Robert Johnson from 24-yards out to give Maroon a 17-6 advantage with 5:25 left in the opening half.
Not to be outdone, Russell and the White team responded with 3:32 left in the half, going 65 yards in four plays, scoring on a Russell to Malcolm Johnson connection from 14 yards out.
The White team would take a 17-13 lead into the half.
In a second half that featured a running clock, both teams would score just once. The White team would take its only lead of the game at the end of the third quarter when Adrian Marcus found the endzone from 1-yard out, capping a 15-play, 80-yard drive, giving the White team a 20-17 lead.
With 6:45 left in the contest, the Maroon team took possession at its 41-yard line. They responded with an 8-play, 59-yard drive and scored as Sylvester Hemphill rushed it in from 2-yards out with 1:19 left in the game, pushing Maroon in front 23-20.
With one last offensive effort, the White team turned the ball over on downs after just four plays.
Favre finished the day 17-26 passing for 199 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed 10 times for 41 yards to lead both all players on the ground. Russell finished the game 15-26 for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception. In limited action, Relf was 4-8 for 68 yards through the air with one rush for a 1-yard TD.
Sophomore Ricco Sanders led all receivers with 96 yards including a 37-yard reception from Russell. Junior Chad Bumphis had six receptions for 48 yards while Arceto Clark had 52 yards on four catches. For the Maroon squad, redshirt freshman Robert Johnson had seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Heavens had five receptions for 62 yards while tight end Brandon Hill had 74 yards on four catches.
Defensively for the Maroon team, Ferlando Bohanna led the way with eight stops including 3.0 tackles for loss and two sacks. Deontae Skinner added an interception. The Maroon defense tallied 11 tackles for loss.