Mississippi State did not catch or create many breaks for themselves Friday night against Wake Forest.
In fact, the Bulldogs turned the ball over four times but found a way to nurse a 23-17 victory in the Music City Bowl for their first back-to-back bowl victories in consecutive seasons in over...[details]
2010 (Junior): Assumed regular placekicking duties in Week 8 of the season . . . Tied a school record with five made field goals in the win over UAB . . . Converted on nine consecutive attempts over the final five weeks of the season before missing a 47-yarder in the Egg Bowl . . . Currently sits atop the school’s all-time records for field goal accuracy.
2009 (Sophomore): Stepped in when starting kicker Sean Brauchle was injured during the Georgia Tech game in Week 5 . . . Connected on 10-of-12 field goals with only one miss inside of 50 yards . . . Made his first career attempt against Georgia Tech . . . Converted all 23 point after attempts during his first season . . . Made a career-long 48-yarder in the Egg Bowl victory . . . Also booted a 43-yarder against Florida.
2007 (Freshman): Played one year at Division II Colorodo School of Mines in Golden Colorado . . . Played in five games in 2007 for the Orediggers . . . Converted on all 17 extra point attempts and 3-of-7 field goal tries.
Personal: Born Derek Anthony DePasquale on 8-13-88 in New Orleans, La. ... Son of Clare Furr-Smith and Thomas Smith ... Twin sister Amber plays softball at Liberty University.