Sorry, Dallas Cowboys fans, this isn’t about Dak Prescott winning a Super Bowl. The quarterback who is coming off a major injury in 2020 will have to wait until February 2022 if he wants to celebrate THAT kind of championship.
As a proud former Mississippi State Bulldog, Prescott was in attendance — and later in the locker room — as the school’s baseball team won the Starkville, Mississippi university the first national championship in its history.
Mississippi State won the 2021 College World Series
The Commodores were the defending champions, having won in 2019, with last year’s annual tournament canceled due to COVID-19. To get to the final series, Vanderbilt beat Stanford then split with NC State. The Wolfpack had to forfeit the third and deciding game due to a COVID-19 outbreak in their team, according to Sports Illustrated.
The Bulldogs beat Texas and Virginia, then lost to the Longhorns before beating them a second time to make it to the finals.
Mississippi State scored one run in the first inning and two in the second and fifth to build a solid lead. In the seventh, home runs from Logan Tanner and Kellum Clark put the Commodores away for good and started the team from Starkville’s celebration in Omaha.
Dak Prescott was in the building for the Bulldogs first-ever national championship
The Bulldogs athletic program has produced several famous athletes over the years, including former Major Leaguers Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro — dubbed “Thunder & Lightning” in Starkville — who fell just short of a title in the 1985 College World Series.
Currently, the most well-known former Mississippi State professional athlete is Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. The Dallas signal-caller was on hand in Nebraska to watch his school play for the championship.
After the game, manager Chris Lemonis ushered the new $160 million man into the victorious locker room. The NFL leader shared a few words with the team:
Man, congratulations fellas, hell of a job. Give it up! You’re living legends. This school, this fan base, trust me man, we’re all so proud of you. We’re all so thankful for each and every one of you. Man. Way to go finish this. I’m excited for you guys, congrats.
Prescott truly seemed incredibly proud of his former school. After his speech, he gave Lemonis a big hug then made his way around the room celebrating with the players.
Now there are two Power 5 schools with no national championships
Mississippi State was one of three schools from the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 10, SEC, Big 12, and Pac-12) that had never won a national championship in any team sport. Now, with that monkey off its back, just two schools remain with this unwanted distinction.
The ACC’s Virginia Tech and Kansas State from the Big 12 are the two schools that are still championship-less.
On the other side of the spectrum, Stanford (126), UCLA (118), and USC (107) have the most total championship titles in all sports through 2020, per the NCAA. As for specific sport domination, Oklahoma State has 34 Wrestling titles, USC has won the Men’s Outdoor Track and Field trophy 26 times, and Denver has been the best in Skiing 24 times.
USC has the most baseball national championships with 12, and LSU and Texas are in second place with six apiece.