April 6, 2012

Defense dominates scrimmage

Before breaking for Easter, Mississippi State held their first major scrimmage of the spring Friday morning.

The Bulldogs got in just over 100 plays during the session and it was the defense who was declared the winners over their offensive counterparts.

"As a head coach I'll either be happy that the defense did better than the offense or I could be really sad that the offense didn't do that good," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "I don't know that I ever get to be really happy after the scrimmage. We'll watch it on film and evaluate whether it was good defense or bad offense today."

The offense had won the previous extended scrimmage session last Saturday and defensive leaders like Johnthan Banks were determined not to let that happen again.

"(The offense) came out (last Saturday) and dominated us," Banks said. "We were just terrible. I do't know what happened. Today we were just focused and ready to go. We made a lot of plays and hit people. We went hard."

The first, second and third string offenses totaled 747 yards and seven touchdowns in the scrimmage. MSU went through the air of 458 yards and accumulated 289 yards on the ground.

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