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Dak Prescott leads Mississippi State Belk Bowl rout

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If Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was auditioning for the NFL in Wednesday’s Belk Bowl, he gave a flawless performance on the first take. Prescott passed for 380 yards and four touchdowns as he led the Bulldogs to a 51-28 victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Despite the Wolfpack playing a semi-home game, they were dominated by the Bulldogs. Prescott spread the passing riches among seven receivers, each of whom caught at least two passes.

De’Runnya Wilson had 96 yards and a touchdown while Brandon Holloway caught four balls for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Jacoby Brissett passed for 214 yards and a touchdown for NC State (7-6).

Things started off poorly for the Wolfpack and did not get any better. Brissett was picked off by Gerri Green on the first play of the game, setting up a 14-yard TD pass from Prescott to Fred Ross.

NC State’s next three possessions were a punt, another interception and a turnover on downs. Sandwiched around those was Prescott’s second touchdown pass, this one a 28-yard strike to Wilson with 3:31 left in the first quarter.

After NC State got to within 21-14 midway through the second period, the Bulldogs scored the final 10 points of the half to extend the lead to 17.

Prescott, a top 10 NFL quarterback prospect, finished the game and his college career in strong fashion. He threw two more touchdowns in the second half, including a pinpoint, 55-yard toss to Holloway down the right sideline to effectively put the game out of reach for the Wolfpack.

“I don’t think there’s words to really describe what he’s done for this program,” said Bulldogs’ Coach Dan Mullen. “I think he’s taken a university and a football program and changed the way people think about it.”

The Bulldogs went 34-19 during Prescott’s four years, including a 10-win season in 2014. That had happened only twice in Mississippi State history.

Mississippi State finished the season with a 9-4 record.

Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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