Defense Outshines Offense in Miss. State Scrimmage

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State's first scrimmage of the preseason yesterday ended in a familiar parade of concern about the state of the Bulldogs' offense.

MSU's offense scored just one touchdown -- a 4-yard run by Christian Ducre against a defense of mostly second-stringers.

State had four turnovers -- including an interception returned for a touchdown by Jasper O'Quinn and couldn't convert a first-and-goal from the defense's 6-yard-line.

The Bulldogs moved the ball, but just couldn't score. A 15-play, 74-yard drive late in the scrimmage ended on 4th-and-goal from the 1 when quarterback Wesley Carroll was tripped up coming up from center.

Coach Sylvester Croom and offensive coordinator Woody McCorvey said they were concerned about a lack of toughness they said was manifest in not being able to score.

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